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For Immediate Release
November 30, 2016

”MEDIA ALERT”

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S ˜MUSIC OF PRINCE' CONCERT RESCHEDULED



PITTSBURGH Due to a conflict with artist availability, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Music of Prince concert will move from Friday, December 16, 2016 to Saturday, March 4, 2017.
Ticketholders should keep their tickets as they will be honored for the new date. Refunds are available to those who are unable to make the March 4 date by returning tickets to the Heinz Hall Box Office. Please contact the box office at 412-392-4900 with any questions.
The Music of Prince is presented with Windborne Music, who also brought the sold-out Music of Led Zeppelin and Music of Queen concerts to the Pittsburgh Symphony. Music of Prince will feature the Pittsburgh Symphony with a live band in a symphonic tribute to Prince's greatest hits, such as Purple Rain, When the Doves Cry, Kiss and more.
Tickets, which range in price from $25 to $65, are available online at pittsburghsymphony.org/prince, by phone at 412-392-4900 or at the Heinz Hall box office at 600 Penn Ave., downtown.


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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President for Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra

About this Blog:  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates provides this blog as a service to the community, friends, clients and business associates.  Feel free to use this blog as a resource and also to send in your press releases.  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates is a full service marketing company that specializes in online and digital branding.  Run exclusively by Joanne Quinn-Smith, aka TechnoGranny and specializing in organic search content, like blogs, video and audio podcasts and searchable social media.  For additional information you can contact the host of this blog, Joanne Quinn-Smith at 412-444-5197.Podcasts that come under the umbrella of Dreamweaver Marketing are PositivelyPittsburghLive, TheTechnoGrannyShow ,MondayMorningMarketeer


 

Publish Date: 12-03-2016 17:39:00
 




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                CONTACT:              George Hazimanolis
December 1, 2016                                                                                                             412-622-1366
                                                                                                                                                ghaziman@wqed.org

WQED's A Christmas Cookie Story Celebrates Local Traditions



PITTSBURGH -- For many western Pennsylvanians, a day of cookie baking is as celebratory as the holidays. WQED's new local documentary A Christmas Cookie Storywill have multiple airings during the month: December 8 at 8pm; December 12 at 7:30pm; December 13 at 12:30am; and December 29 at 8pm.

Families gather in kitchens throughout the Pittsburgh region to mix dough, whip frostings and scatter sprinkles. It's also a time to embrace ethnic traditions and remember loved ones who handed down creased and crumbling recipes. This holiday documentary features everything from colorful cutouts and Italian pizzelles to intricate gingerbread houses. It also shows how ordinary people become culinary artists during the holidays.


About WQED
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 161 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including three Emmy Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation's first community-supported broadcaster.  WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online atwww.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).
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George Hazimanolis
Senior Director of Corporate Communications
WQED Multimedia
4802 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
412-622-1366 office
412-370-8802 cell


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Publish Date: 12-03-2016 10:59:00
 



For Immediate Release
December 2, 2016

HEINZ HALL CHRISTMAS TREE AND MENORAH DISPLAY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC



PITTSBURGH”The public is invited to visit Heinz Hall to enjoy the traditional Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah displays this holiday season.
The tree and menorah are displayed in the Grand Lobby and will be open to public viewing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the following days: December 7-9, December 12-16 and December 22-23. The holiday decorations also can be viewed by ticket holders attending performances at Heinz Hall this month.

The 22-foot Fraser fir comes from Rossman Farm in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania. It has been decorated in red and green with gold musical instrument ornaments. The tree was trimmed by Plantscape and was delivered and set up by Eichenlaub Inc.


Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is the holiday sponsor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: 
lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: 
jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra


About this Blog:  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates provides this blog as a service to the community, friends, clients and business associates.  Feel free to use this blog as a resource and also to send in your press releases.  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates is a full service marketing company that specializes in online and digital branding.  Run exclusively by Joanne Quinn-Smith, aka TechnoGranny and specializing in organic search content, like blogs, video and audio podcasts and searchable social media.  For additional information you can contact the host of this blog, Joanne Quinn-Smith at 412-444-5197.Podcasts that come under the umbrella of Dreamweaver Marketing are PositivelyPittsburghLive, TheTechnoGrannyShow ,MondayMorningMarketeer



 

Publish Date: 11-25-2016 20:31:00
 





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Aja Jones
412-281-3973 ext. 224
ajones@pittsburghCLO.org
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Take an All-American Road Trip Down Highway 57 
with the Multi-Talented Cast of PUMP BOYS & DINETTES!
Pittsburgh Premiere · January 26 April 15, 2017



Pittsburgh, PA ˆ™ November 16, 2016  Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce casting for the Pittsburgh premiere of PUMP BOYS & DINETTESJanuary 26 April 15, 2017 at the CLO Cabaret. A high-octane feast for the ears, this full-blown musical experience features the talented men and women of Grand Ole Opry country - a downhome group who love a slice of homemade pie and great music. Equipped with guitar, piano, bass, cello, ukulele, banjo and more, they're serving up a night of fun in this concert-style show about life's simple pleasures that received rave reviews both on and off Broadway, along with a Tony Award Nomination for Best Musical. Tickets start at $38.75 and are available online at CLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square.



THE CAST
JUSTIN BENDEL (Eddiebegan his association with the CLO Cabaret during its inaugural show, Forever Plaid, for which he played 400+ performances. Last year, he returned for the hit comedy First Date. With over sixty musicals to his credit, he is certainly no stranger to musical theater. As a professional bassist, he is active in many genres including various orchestras, jazz groups, singing competitions such as Campus Superstar, and studio work. These vast opportunities have allowed Mr. Bendel to collaborate with the highest-caliber of musicians from around the globe. Career highlights include: Patrizio Buanne tour, Elaine Stritch, Tom Rocco, and legendary Ray Charles.

JON ROHLF (Jacksonwas last seen at the CLO Cabaret in Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. He is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Band Leader) and Huck Finn (Huckleberry Finn). He also devotes much of his time to education and student outreach as a teaching artist and substitute teacher throughout the tri-county area.
of Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts as well as California University's Masters of Teaching program. Mr. Rohlf's other credits include

JULIA SMOLKA (Understudyis making her Pittsburgh CLO debut. Ms. Smolka works independently as a musician (singer/songwriter), and she performs at local restaurants, cafГs, festivals and weddings. She has worked as a performer for RWS & Associates, an entertainment agency based in New York City. Favorite stage credits include Carrie: The Musical (Split Stage Productions), The Little Mermaid, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera (Stage Right!), Into the Woods and Children of Eden (Seton Hill).  Ms. Smolka is a graduate of Point Park Conservatory where she received a BA in Acting.

LUKE STEINHAUER (LM) is making his CLO Cabaret debut in Pump Boys & Dinettes. Regional theater credits include: The Muny, Music Singin' in the Rain at Pittsburgh CLO. He is a recent graduate from The University of Michigan.
Theatre Wichita, Theatre Aspen and Pittsburgh CLO. Growing up, Mr. Steinhauer attended the Pittsburgh CLO Academy, was a Mini-Star, and eventually got his Equity card

ERIKA STRASBURG (Prudie Cuppwas last seen at the CLO Cabaret in Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, and has also played Belle in Pittsburgh CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol for the past 3 years. Other Pittsburgh credits include: Three Days in the Country, Cock (Kinetic Theater), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest(barebones), Pantagleize (Quantum). NYC: St. Joan of the Stockyards (Off-Broadway, Broadway World Performance of the Year) Regional: Gypsy, Pirates of Penzance (Bristol Riverside Theater), Last 5 Years (Island Theater Workshop), The Sound of Music (Millbrook Playhouse), Ellis Island (national tour). Graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

DAVID TOOLE (Jimrejoins the CLO Cabaret after appearances in The Toxic Avenger and First Date (Reggie, Gabe, Casey's Father & Stoner Guy). Past credits include Pittsburgh CLO's The Student Prince ; Front Porch Theatrical's The Last 5 Years (Jamie Wellerstein) and Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Tarzan (Tarzan), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), RENT (Roger), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), West Side Story (Tony) and High School Musical (Troy Bolton). Outside of theater, Mr. Toole is one of five rotating National Anthem Singers for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is a private voice instructor based out of the North Hills and is the front man for the Rock/Alternative band Identity X.

DREW LEIGH WILLIAMS (Rhetta Cuppis making her CLO Cabaret Debut. Although she's a Pennsylvania native, her theater performance background includes Chicago's Stage 773, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Profiles Theatre, Pride Films & Plays and Fremont St., to name a few. Favorite roles include Sara Jane Moore in Assassins, Cathy in The Last Five Years, Lucienne in A Flea in her Ear, Dionyza in Pericles and Mrs. Walker in The Who's Tommy.  Outside of theater, Ms. Williams is on faculty at Clarion University and Clarion Center for the Arts. MFA in Acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

REED ALLEN WORTH (Understudyis a Point Park University graduate Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Grover). Others: Beauty and the Beast(Lumiere), Cabaret (Clif), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Andrew Jackson), Oklahoma (Will Parker).
originally from Lisbon, Ohio. National Tour:

THE CREATIVE TEAM
http://www.broadwayworld.com/people/Benjamin-Klein/
BENJAMIN ENDSLEY KLEIN (Directorwas born in Charlotte, NC and graduated from the University of Michigan. Director of Annon Broadway First Date at Pittsburgh CLO, Bend in the Road at New York Musical Theatre Festival (included in Huffington Post's The Best Shows of 2013 ), the world premiere musical Hello Out There at The Adirondack Theatre Festival, the East Coast Premiere of Sickby Zayd Dohrn at New Jersey Repertory, Hairspray at Charlottetown Festival (Prince Edward Island, Canada), Notes to MariAnne at the Eugene O'Neill Musical Theatre Conference, and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe in San Diego, California.
starring Tony Award-Nominated actress Holland Taylor as Governor Ann Richards. Selected credits as director include

ISAAC HARLAN (Music Directoris a graduate of Penn State University where he studied classical piano with Steven Smith. For the past six years, he has been living in NYC where he works as a pianist, music director, arranger and orchestrator. Mr. Harlan has played concerts with Norm Lewis, Eden Espinosa, Patina Miller, Renee Goldsberry and Michael McElroy, and has also been fortunate to work with other vocalists such as Leslie Odom Jr., Liz Callaway, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Angela Lansbury. Mr. Harlan also frequently works as an arranger and pianist for the Broadway Inspirational Voices.

KIESHA LALAMA (Choreographer) has created more than 50 works for stage, film and television. Ms. Lalama choreographed feature films, The Perks of Being a WallflowerSorority Row, the hit television documentary series Broadway or Bust (PBS) and upcoming television series Outsiders (WGN). Theatrical credits include National High School Musical Theatre Awards (Broadway), All Shook Up (North Shore Music Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar(Kansas City Starlight Theatre), Into the Woods (Arsht Center), Judge Jackie Justice, Ruthless! The Musical and A Grand Night for Singing (Pittsburgh CLO). Concert dance highlights include Shed(DCDC), Catapult (Dance Kaleidoscope), Alegria (Giordano Dance Chicago) and Torque (August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble). She has created two full-length contemporary dance theater productions. The Bench received rave reviews and was named by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Best of Dance Top Ten list in both 2009 and 2010. The Bench is currently under development with Titus Theatrical with a world premiere set for Fall 2017. As an educator, Ms. Lalama serves as an Associate Professor in the Point Park University Dance Department and as the Education Director for Pittsburgh CLO. 

TONY FERRIERI (Set Designerreturns to Pittsburgh CLO: The Toxic Avenger, The 39 Steps, First Date. City Theatre: Feeding the Dragon, Hand to God, Sex with Strangers. Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre: Miss Julie. barebones: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center: The Phantom of the Opera, The Little Mermaid. Quantum: The Master Builder. Other credits include designs for: Milieu Theatrics NY, Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Opera, Carrnivale, PICT, Emelin, Northlight, Madison Rep, TheatreWorks, 1812 Productions, Playhouse REP & Conservatory, Tuesday Musical Club, Hartwood, Gargaro, Physical Theatre, Spur of the Moment, Chatham, Pitt, International Poetry Forum, Dana Phil Productions, Development Dimensions International, Saltworks and Unseam'd.

STEPHANIE SHAW (Costume Designer) returns to the CLO Cabaret where she previously designed costumes for The 39 Steps. Ms. Shaw is new to Pittsburgh, moving here from her previous job as Instr. Asst. Professor of Costume Technology for the University of Mississippi, Ole Miss. Some of her costume design credits include:  The Spitfire Grill (Ole Miss 2015), World Builders (Contemporary American Theatre Festival 2015), Blood Brothers (Texas Shakespeare Festival 2012), The Taming of the Shrew (TSF 2011), and Hamlet (Reduxion Theatre Company NYC 2006).

KEITH A. TRUAX (Lighting Designerreturns to the CLO Cabaret after The Toxic Avenger, First Date and Altar Boyz. Additional credits include PICT Classic Theatre's Two Tales of Terror, Oliver TwistSharon's GraveHow the Other Half Love and Women and Scarecrow, and Sherlock's Last Case and Romance for Kinetic Theatre Ensemble. In NYC: Good Girl Gone Bad and Walken on Sunshine Fringe Festival. Mr. Truax recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an MA in Lighting Design.

Performance Schedule for PUMP BOYS & DINETTES
Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Thursdays at 1:00pm* 7:30pm           
Fridays at 7:30pm
Saturdays at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

*March 23 and April 6
TICKETS
Tickets start at $38.75 and are available online at CLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more can call the Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 to learn more about special discounts, priority seating and corporate discounts.
Pittsburgh CLO graciously acknowledges the generosity of The Charity Randall Foundation for its sponsorship of the 2016-2017 CLO Cabaret Series.

About this Blog:  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates provides this blog as a service to the community, friends, clients and business associates.  Feel free to use this blog as a resource and also to send in your press releases.  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates is a full service marketing company that specializes in online and digital branding.  Run exclusively by Joanne Quinn-Smith, aka TechnoGranny and specializing in organic search content, like blogs, video and audio podcasts and searchable social media.  For additional information you can contact the host of this blog, Joanne Quinn-Smith at 412-444-5197.Podcasts that come under the umbrella of Dreamweaver Marketing are PositivelyPittsburghLive, TheTechnoGrannyShow ,MondayMorningMarketeer

 

Publish Date: 11-25-2016 17:51:00
 






Broadway: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, Benedum Cener


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRMUST ANNOUNCES
PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH SERIES
A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL
COMES TO PITTSBURGH
PLAYING AT THE BENEDUM CENTER, NOVEMBER 22-27, 2016




Pittsburgh, PA”This holiday season, for the first time in Pittsburgh, the award-winning Broadway hit, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, brings the beloved classic movie to life at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, from Tuesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 27, 2016.  This tour is part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

Performances are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evening at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  On Wednesday, November 23, at 6:30 p.m. PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh patrons are invited to join us for a free pre-show talk, Know The Show Before You Go, held at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  For more information visit: www.TrustArts.org/KnowTheShow.


Tickets ($26-$77) to A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL at the Benedum Center are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-4800 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  For information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh subscription series, visit TrustArts.org or call 412-456-1390.  Tickets for Groups of 10+ are available online at TrustArts.org or call 412-471-6930.

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (You'll shoot your eye out kid! ).  An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Chock-full of delightful songs and splashy production numbers, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, has proudly taken its place as a perennial holiday classic for the whole family.


Hailed by The Associated Press as a joyous Christmas miracle,  The New York Times writes I was dazzled. You'd have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face.  A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICALpremiered on Broadway in 2012 and was a critical and commercial success. The musical was nominated for three TONY Awards including Best New Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. 
A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL features a festive and nostalgic holiday themed score by composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, with a book by Joseph Robinette, based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film favorite.  The tour features direction by Matt Lenz, and TONY Award winner Warren Carlyle's Broadway choreography will be reset for the tour by Jason Sparks. A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL features scenic design by Mike Carnahan, with costume design by Lisa Zinni and lighting design by Charlie Morrison. The hounds will play themselves.


A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL is produced by Big League Productions, Inc. Led by President and Executive Producer Daniel Sher, Big League is celebrating its 27th season of producing, general managing and booking Broadway musicals and special attractions for touring throughout North America and the world. For more information visit www.bigleague.org.


Broadway Across AmericaBroadway Across America is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel.  Led by 9 time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 41 markets with over 270,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include BeautifulCats, Chicago, Fiddler on the RoofFinding NeverlandMillion Dollar QuartetHairspray, On Your Feet!School of Rockand The Producers. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.


About this Blog:  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates provides this blog as a service to the community, friends, clients and business associates.  Feel free to use this blog as a resource and also to send in your press releases.  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates is a full service marketing company that specializes in online and digital branding.  Run exclusively by Joanne Quinn-Smith, aka TechnoGranny and specializing in organic search content, like blogs, video and audio podcasts and searchable social media.  For additional information you can contact the host of this blog, Joanne Quinn-Smith at 412-444-5197.Podcasts that come under the umbrella of Dreamweaver Marketing are PositivelyPittsburghLive, TheTechnoGrannyShow ,MondayMorningMarketeer

 

Publish Date: 11-25-2016 17:05:00
 



Contact:

Meghan Swartz                                                          
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
412-454-9117
mswartz@pittsburghballet.org                                     
Kristy Cramlet
Highmark Health
304-424-9888
kristy.cramlet@highmarkhealth.org

More than 1,500 Students, Educators to Kick off 15th Annual ˜The Nutcracker'Highmark & Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Present Dec. 2, Student Matinee Performance


PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 7, 2016)  Kicking off the 15th anniversary run of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker, more than 1,500 students and educators will fill the Benedum Center for the 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2, Student Matinee performance sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. 

The performance is the first of 26 performances of Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr's Pittsburgh-inspired interpretation, onstage through Dec. 27, at the Benedum. Just before the curtain rises, Neil Parham, director of community affairs for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, will present a $50,000 check to PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and Executive Director Harris Ferris.

Highmark has been a longstanding supporter of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Student Matinee Program, Parham said. As the lead sponsor of this program, we want to make sure that our children have the resources they need to be healthy and succeed, and education is a great place to start. We are hopeful that this program will create opportunities for children who otherwise would not have access to the arts.
The Highmark sponsorship makes it possible for PBT to offer discounted ticket prices for schools, professional development workshops for teachers and curriculum guidance for the classroom. During the Student Matinee performance, PBT will offer students a behind-the-scenes peek at production by raising the curtain during intermission so students can view set changes with commentary from Mr. Orr.



Highmark's support makes a strong statement about how important the arts are to a well-rounded education, Orr said. For many at our Student Matinee performances, this is their first-ever ballet experience. I don't think we can underestimate the power of live performance to inspire ideas, aspirations and personal expression.
PBT's The Nutcracker has been a Pittsburgh tradition for 15 years. Set to Tchaikovsky's sublime score, the story journeys through a moonlit snowscape to a whimsical Land of Enchantment, reminiscent of the historic amusement parks of Pittsburgh. More than 100 dancers bring to life iconic choreography from the waltz of the snowflakes to the Sugarplum Fairy pas de deux. PBT's The Nutcracker laces the familiar story with references to Pittsburgh's landmarks and history.
In addition to PBT's 30 company dancers, more than 130 PBT School students, ages 7 and up, will perform throughout the run as toy soldiers, clowns and other fairy tale characters.


PBT will present 26 performances of The Nutcracker, Dec. 2-27, at the Benedum Center. Tickets start at $28 and are available at www.pbt.org, 412-456-6666 or the Box Office at Theater Square.
About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Highmark Inc., doing business as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, serves approximately 3.3 million members through the company's health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the Blue card program. It employs more than 4,200 people in western, north central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.
About Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
One of the most exciting ballet companies in the United States, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has built a legacy of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1969. Its eclectic style has been shaped by a series of distinguished artistic directors over four decades. In the 1980s, former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Patricia Wilde led the Company to new heights and national acclaim with an emphasis on virtuosic technique and works by the modern masters, including her mentor, George Balanchine. Since 1997, the Company has flourished under the direction of Terrence S. Orr, former American Ballet Theatre ballet master and principal dancer. Mr. Orr has created a powerful repertoire, including fresh versions of traditional ballets, original works commissioned to contemporary American music and dramatic works that push the boundaries of ballet as an art form. Through more than 50 performances each year at home and on tour, PBT audiences discover the passion and joy of ballet. 


About this Blog:  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates provides this blog as a service to the community, friends, clients and business associates.  Feel free to use this blog as a resource and also to send in your press releases.  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates is a full service marketing company that specializes in online and digital branding.  Run exclusively by Joanne Quinn-Smith, aka TechnoGranny and specializing in organic search content, like blogs, video and audio podcasts and searchable social media.  For additional information you can contact the host of this blog, Joanne Quinn-Smith at 412-444-5197.Podcasts that come under the umbrella of Dreamweaver Marketing are PositivelyPittsburghLive, TheTechnoGrannyShow ,MondayMorningMarketeer 

 

Publish Date: 11-25-2016 13:55:00
 





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Ed Traversari, edtraversari@hotmail.com / 412-779-3112
Images available: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Pressroom
Search: Michael W. Smith

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES 
RICH ENGLER PRESENTS 
MICHAEL W. SMITH UNITES FOR POPULAR 2016 CHRISTIMAS TOUR WITH JORDAN SMITH, WINNER OF THE VOICE 
DECEMBER 14 | 7:30 PM | BENEDUM CENTER


picture from http://www.jordansmithofficial.com/

Pittsburgh, PA Coming live to the Benedum Center on Wednesday, December 14th, 7:30pm, Rich Engler Presents Michael W. Smith joined by Republic recording artist Jordan Smith, Season 9 winner of NBC's The Voice.
Incorporating a 53 piece symphony orchestra at each performance, this seasonal crowd-pleaser will travel to nearly 20 major markets across the U.S., including Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, Little Rock, Indianapolis, Detroit, Dallas, Tulsa, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Baltimore and more.

Michael W. Smith draws hundreds of thousands of people to his concerts each year, and having Jordan Smith on his tour this year makes this tour one of the most anticipated holiday events of the season.

With a vast collection of critically-acclaimed holiday albums, the 2016 Christmas tour will showcase selections from Michael's extensive Christmas repertoire. Additionally, the Christmas tour will help benefit Operation Christmas Child, known for distributing over 135 million shoeboxes of Christmas gifts to children in need in 150 countries.




Being on stage with a full symphony orchestra, performing some of my all-time favorite songs, is a dream come true , says Michael W. Smith. And I have to say, I have never heard a voice quite as pure and beautiful as Jordan Smith's. It's going to be a great night! Christmas is my favorite time of year, and performing these holiday shows each November and December is a major highlight for me.
"One of my favorite things about Christmas is the music that accompanies the season," shares Jordan Smith.





Don't miss this wonderful family oriented Holiday Show December 14th at the Benedum Center. Tickets are reserved at $45.75, $55.75 and $65.75. Some limited gold circle seats are also available for $125.75, and are on sale now at the Theatre Square Box Office, by phone at 412-456-6666 or online at www.trustarts.org.

Media Contact:Velvet Kelm & Courtney Hyder
the media collective
velvet@themcollective.comcourtney@themcollective.com(615) 591-7989
www.themcollective.com
Tour Publicity Contact:Debra Akins
Southside Entertainment
debra@debraakins.com(321) 747-0077
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Publish Date: 10-28-2016 14:37:00
 



CONTACT: Meghan Swartz
Associate Director of Communications 
Office: 412-454-9117 | Cell: 412-527-8953
mswartz@pittsburghballet.org



10-Year Principal Dancer to Take Final Bow Oct. 29at ˜Giselle'Christopher Budzynski to Dance Opposite Wife in Farewell Performance


WHO:
  Retiring Principal Dancer Christopher Budzynski, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre & the PBT Orchestra
WHAT: After 10 seasons with PBT and 22 as a professional dancer, Principal Dancer Christopher Budzynski will retire following the company's October season opener, Giselle with the PBT Orchestra. On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m., he'll dance his last leading role - Giselle's ill-fated lover, Albrecht - opposite his real-life wife, Principal Dancer Alexandra Kochis. At the close of the show, the company will celebrate Budzynski's final bow, which is open to media for photographing and filming during the curtain call. 

Although he is retiring from the stage, Budzynski will remain an active part of PBT. Starting this fall, he'll join the full-time faculty of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, the company's official training institution, where he'll play a leadership role in the Men's Division in addition to instructing student dancers of the Pre-professional Division and Student Division.



WHEN: Christopher Budzynski's final bow: Performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Final bow will take place at approximately 9:45 p.m. 

Other public performances of Giselle: Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2  p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
TICKETS: Tickets start at $28, and are available online at www.pbt.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square in the Cultural District. 


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Publish Date: 10-27-2016 11:01:00
 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Lily Rybarczyk, Communications Coordinator, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Rybarczyk@TrustArts.org / 412-41-5196
Images available at: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Pressroom
Search: Peace On Earth
THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
CROWN ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS
A HOLIDAY CONCERT EVENTPEACE ON EARTH MIR NA ZEMLJI  
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 | 7:30 PM | AUGUST WILSON CENTER
Pittsburgh, PA The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Crown Entertainment presents Peace on Earth Mir na Zemlji,  a holiday concert event featuring the Croatian National Radio Television Tamburitza Orchestra. The performance will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.



For the second year in a row, the Croatian National Radio Television Tamburitza Orchestra will celebrate the holiday spirit in Pittsburgh! World music takes over Pittsburgh during this special performance, as the Orchestra, hailing from the country voted the best Advent destination in Europe 2016, shares the sounds of a traditional Croatian Christmas.Tickets ($53.25-$63.25) are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or in person at the Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.


The Orchestra will be joined by special guests: world-renowned Croatian cellist, Ana Rucner, soprano Renata Sabljak, tenor Djani Stipanicev, and the popular Croatian folk singer, Stjepan Jersek-Stef, accompanied by the vocal quartet, Gubec. Their exceptional repertoire spans centuries-old traditional Croatian folk songs to the well-known holiday songs of today. This extraordinary concert will get you in the holiday spirit!
This is the Orchestra's third visit to the USA, having spread the holiday spirit in 2015 and performed six sold-out concerts in 2004. Founded in 1941, the Orchestra has toured Australia, Malaysia, Canada and dozens of European cities. Through their Tamburitza performance, the Orchestra shares the tradition and cultural heritage of Croatia across the globe. The Tamburitza is a stringed instrument related to the Russian balalaika, the Ukrainian bandura and the Italian Mandolin. A national instrument, it is the most popular and most common among the Croatian people.
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Publish Date: 10-25-2016 11:17:00
 




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                CONTACT:              George Hazimanolis
October 21, 2016                                                                                                               412-622-1366
                                                                                                                                                ghaziman@wqed.org


WQED's Filmmakers Corner Begins Eighth Season
of Featuring Local Independent Productions




PITTSBURGH -- Filmmakers Corner returns for its eighth season, presenting original work by some of the region's most talented students, independent artists and filmmakers.

Filmmakers Corner is hosted by WQED's Minette Seate and airs on Saturday nights at 9pm.  The season premiere airs Saturday, October 29 at 9pm on WQED-TV. 

Four films will be screened in the season premiere:
       Guardians, featuring Rejeana Palma, is the story of a couple with dangerous ambitions.
       The poignant and beautifully shot The End of Blessings is by Point Park University's John Rice.
       The Beat Goes On is Randy Kovitz' tale of a broken heart finding the right rhythm. 
       The Carnegie Screenwriters' Happy Birthday To Me took first place in this year's 48 Hour Film Project.

For details on upcoming episodes, visit www.wqed.org/filmmakers and on Facebook at Filmmakers Corner. 

About WQED
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 161 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including three Emmy Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation's first community-supported broadcaster.  WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online atwww.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).
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Publish Date: 10-24-2016 07:45:00
 




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 CONTACT:        George Hazimanolis
October 21, 2016                                                                                412-622-1366
                                                                                                                   ghaziman@wqed.org


WQED PARTNERS WITH ART OF DEMOCRACY FOR THINK!

Public is invited to two community forums October 27 and 29
to kick off first topic: Guns in a Free Society

PITTSBURGH -- WQED partners with the Art of Democracy and the League of Women Voters on the first of an ambitious original series of multi-platform (in-person, online, social media and broadcast) initiatives beginning with the role of guns in a free society. 

THINK! is a call to action and interaction that invites a broad spectrum of voices and organizations to join together and collaborate around issues that confound and divide us.
The first topic in this ongoing series is Guns in a Free Society.  Our conversations will not focus on politics or Second Amendment issues. Instead, we hope to explore productive ideas for living with guns in a free society.
The discussions will focus on the following three areas:
       Mental Health and Guns
       Promoting Gun Safety as a Cultural Norm



  • The Economic Impact of Guns in Our Communities
About Think!
THINK! seeks to optimize public interaction, and, to do so, WQED is partnering with the Art of Democracy, an award-winning organization that fosters informed and inclusive public engagement. The Art of Democracy, working closely with WQED, is developing a community engagement process that will enlist a diverse and inclusive group of civic organizations.
Our community partner for Guns in a Free Society is the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh. This historic organization is a dedicated proponent of strategies that will increase gun safety and reduce gun violence.
WQED will spread the word and encourage participation in thoughtful, productive conversations that matter to the entire community. Those conversations will happen at our virtual public square at www.wqed.org/think, in the social media realm and in real time, at face-to-face community forums.
The many voices taking part in the initiative will coalesce in hour-long broadcast specials from the WQED studios where experts, civic leaders and community members come together.
Think! Guns in a Free Society premieres November 17 at 8pm on WQED-TV with host Chris Moore.

Subsequent topics in the Think! initiative will examine criminal justice reform, followed by a third topic that will be chosen as the project progresses.

The public is invited to join the conversation at one of two community forums by registering to attend at www.wqed.org/think
Thursday, October 27, 2016
5:30 8:30pm
Koppers Building
436 Seventh Avenue
9th Floor Conference Room
Downtown Pittsburgh
Saturday, October 29, 2016
1:30 4:30pm
Citizens Library
55 South College Street
Washington, PA
About WQED
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 161 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including three Emmy Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation's first community-supported broadcaster.  WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online atwww.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).
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Publish Date: 10-19-2016 11:10:00
 

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
412-255-1270
ywcapgh.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Chaz Kellem
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
412-255-1270


Work Against Violence
Week Without Violence: October 16 22, 2016

 

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 13, 2016):  YWCA Greater Pittsburgh invites the public to work against violence during the 21st annual Week Without Violence: October 16 22, 2016.

The Week Without Violence is a signature initiative created by the YWCA USA 21 years ago to mobilize people in communities across the United States against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh joins YWCAs nationwide in hosting local Week Without Violence events that raise awareness about and put an end to violence in all forms.


The facts are appalling, said Chaz Kellem, Senior Director of Advocacy for Race and Gender Equity, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. Kellem refers to the statistic showing that 46 women are shot to death every month by a current or former partner in domestic violence-related homicides. This week, choose to stand up. We cannot continue to lose our family and friends to violence.

Violence should not be the answer to our problems, said Magdeline E. Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. As a community, we must come together and look for alternative solutions. That's what the Week Without Violence is all about. I urge everyone to get involved.

YWCA Week Without Violence gives you practical, sustainable, non-violent alternatives through a week-long series of events. For more information, call 412-255-1466 or go to ywcapgh.org.

EVENT LINE-UP

Sunday, October 16: Day of Remembrance
Show your support for individuals whose lives have been lost to the daily reality of violence. Share a story, a memory or simply the name of a victim of violence by using the hashtag #YWremembers. Let them know we haven't forgotten. 

Monday, October 17 - Fun with the Force
Mingle with police, SWAT team, bomb squad, K9 officers, and more. Learn more about safety and violence prevention through truck tours, viewing safety gear, games and interacting with our Federal, State and local first responders.
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm 
Location: YWCA, Homewood Brushton Center, 6907 Frankstown Avenue

Tuesday, October 18 - You Belong to Me
YWCA, Prime Stage Theatre and Community College of Allegheny County collaborate to present a performance of You Belong to Me for local high school students. Discover the warning signs of dating violence and engage in dialogue about violence prevention.
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
Location: CCAC Allegheny Campus, Foerster Auditorium (CLOSED EVENT)

Wednesday, October 19 - Purple Nail Project
Visit YWCA Greater Pittsburgh to "Proclaim in Purple" and paint one fingernail purple as a pledge (and conversation piece) to help end domestic violence and violence against women.
Time: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
TWO Locations: 305 Wood Street, 15222; 6907 Frankstown Avenue, 15208

Wednesday, October 19 Domestic Violence Kit Stuffing
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Pirates are teaming up to raise awareness around domestic violence prevention by creating emergency kits for area domestic violence shelters and women's programs. Special guests include members of the Pittsburgh Pirates staff and mascot team.

The organizations are asking for the public's help with the donation of new/unopened mini hygiene and personal care items. Donations will be accepted until 8PM On Tuesday, October 18 at the YW's Headquarters 305 Wood St., Downtown Pittsburgh

Thursday, October 20 - Fight Like a Girl
This isn't a workout session!  It's a hands-on self-defense class that provides practical self-defense moves you'll feel comfortable using. All do-able for everyone - no age, height, weight, or strength limit! Come as you are - no gym clothes necessary. Led by Attorney Maria Danaher from the Ogletree Deakins Pittsburgh office. To register: call 412-255-1466; email mstevencosnek@ywcapgh.org.
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM or 6:45-7:45 PM  
Location: YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, 305 Wood Street, 15222 

Thursday, October 20 - Southwest PA says No More
Discussion by Southwest PA says No More Campaign.
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM 
Location: YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, 6907 Frankstown Avenue, 15208  

Friday, October 21 - Law Enforcement Round Table
FBI will provide a brief presentation and lead discussion about hate crimes for local law enforcement and non-profit organizations.
(CLOSED EVENT)
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We envision a community that advances education, opportunity, and equity regardless of gender, race, or background. For more information about YW programs and services, visit ywcapgh.org or call 412-391-5100. To learn about the YWCA Center for Race and Gender Equity, call 412-255-1466.

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Publish Date: 10-18-2016 10:38:00
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact
PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh
Shaunda Miles, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org 


CASTING ANNOUNCED 
FOR THE NATIONAL TOUR OF
THE 2015 TONY AWARD-WINNING BEST MUSICAL 


Pittsburgh, PA”Producers Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson) and Barbara Whitman are thrilled to announce casting for the first National Tour of FUN HOME, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical.  The tour will premiere in Pittsburgh at Heinz Hall (600 Penn Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh) Tuesday, April 11 through Sunday, April 16, 2017.  FUN HOME is part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.
Season Tickets and Groups 10+ are on sale now. For group sales, call (412) 471-6930 or emailgroupsales@TrustArts.org.  Individual tickets are scheduled to go on sale on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.  To purchase tickets, visit TrustArts.org, call (412) 392-4900 or visit the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue). Ticket prices start at $26.

In Pittsburgh, FUN HOME performances are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evening at8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
For information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh subscription series, please call (412) 456-1390.
For more information on the production, please visit FunHomeBroadway.com.

Robert Petkoff
ROBERT PETKOFF (Broadway's Ragtime, All The WayAnything Goes) will play Bruce, SUSAN MONIZ(Broadway's Grease, Chicago's Marriott Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater) will play Helen and KATE SHINDLE (Broadway's Legally Blonde, Cabaret, and Miss America 1998) will play Alison.
Joining them will be ABBY CORRIGAN as Medium Alison, ALESSANDRA BALDACCHINO (Broadway'sFun Home) as Small Alison, KAREN EILBACHER as Joan, ROBERT HAGER as Roy, LENNON NATE HAMMOND as John, PIERSON SALAVDOR as Christian, ANTHONY FORTINO, AMANDA NAUGHTON, SOFIA TRIMARCHI and MICHAEL WINTHER. At certain performances, CARLY GOLD will play the role of Small Alison.
Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

A RARE BEAUTY THAT PUMPS FRESH AIR INTO BROADWAY. Ben Brantley, The New York Times
An uplifting musical drama of rare intensity, honesty and beauty. Fun Home speak universally about BIG THINGS THAT MATTER: LIFE, LOVE, FAMILY, SURVIVING. It's unconventional, to be sure, and musical theatre is better for it. - New York Daily News
 EXQUISITE. AN EMOTIONAL POWERHOUSE.  Chicago Tribune
One of those ˜don't miss it' musicals.  The Huffington Post 

Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME introduces us to
Susan Monz
Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood that connect with her in surprising new ways. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, FUN HOME is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.


FUN HOME features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold, whose work on this production earned them Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction.  With this win,Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori also made history by becoming the first female writing team to be awarded the Best Score Tony Award.

FUN HOME was also nominated for 2015 Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design of Musical (David Zinn), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Ben Stanton) and Best Orchestrations (John Clancy). The creative team also includes Danny Mefford (Choreography), Kai Harada (Sound Design), David Zinn (Costume Design) and Chris Fenwick (Music Direction).

Tony Award-winning director Sam Gold, who staged both the Off Broadway and Broadway productions of FUN HOME, will be restaging the national tour.
The Broadway production of FUN HOME opened on Broadway on April 19, 2015 and is currently playing at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre through September 10, 2016.
The Grammy nominated Original Broadway Cast Recording of FUN HOME is now available on PS Classics,psclassics.com.



Broadway Across America is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO). BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 38 markets.  Current and past productions include Beautiful, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Quartet, Hairspray, On Your Feet!, The Producers, and Shuffle Along.  Broadway.com is the premier theaterwebsite for news, exclusive content and ticket sales.  For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
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Publish Date: 10-14-2016 15:57:00
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 2016
CONTACT LISA ALEXANDER
PR MARKETING MANAGER
(412)361-1915
LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS
AND THE STRAY BIRDS
(PITTSBURGH, PA)” CALLIOPE WELCOMES LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS AND THE STRAY BIRDS TO CARNEGIE LECTURE HALL (OAKLAND) ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2016 AT 7:30 PM.
Tickets and information are available online at www.calliopehouse.org or by calling the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915.
Tickets:  $35 / $20* (FULL-TIME STUDENT ID) **PLUS HANDLING FEES



LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS
http://www.lindsayloumusic.com/
Don't miss the musical force that is Lindsay Lou. ” David Grier
When Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys found each other jamming at open mics and music festivals around Michigan they couldn't have predicted what would lie ahead of them. In the past year alone, touring behind the release of their most recent record, Ionia, they've been featured in the lineup of prestigious affairs such as The Shetland Island Folk Festival 200 miles north of mainland Scotland, Stagecoach Music Festival in California with 55,000 attendees, The Bluegrass Jamboree all over Germany, and a number of the best acoustic music festivals in the US including Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan, Strawberry Music Festival in California, Redwing Roots Festival in Virginia, and Pagosa Springs Folk Festival in Colorado. To round out the year they were named one of NPR Music's 12 best live performance sessions of 2015 by Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, a program which has featured acts like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Amos Lee, Joan Baez, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and PHISH. They still embody the soul of a good jam or late night pickin' session, and also have honed in on a sound that's entirely their own drawing from soul, blues, folk, jazz and maybe even a traces of that techno beat. Go here to see for yourself:  https://youtu.be/uUxsFxoVgf4




THE STRAY BIRDS
http://www.thestraybirds.com/home
Flaming brilliant.   Mike Davies, Folk Radio, UK
Magic Fire is an album of firsts for The Stray Birds: their first with an outside producer, their first with venerable guest musicians, and their first truly collaborative songwriting effort. More importantly, perhaps, it's an album of mosts: the most exciting and engaging music they've ever
composed paired with their most outspoken and insightful lyrics yet.                                  
Magic Fire builds on the success of The Stray Birds' 2014 Yep Roc debut, Best Medicine, which was hailed by NPR's World CafГ for its strong harmonies and sharp songwriting and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart. Guitar World praised their heartfelt creativity, while the Philadelphia City Paper called the band stunning, and Mountain Stage applauded their singular ability to successfully draw on the rich traditions of American folk music while still sounding modern. It was that unique formula that first brought them national attention and fueled their breakout in 2012, when their self-titled/self-released debut landed amongst NPR's Top Ten Folk/Americana Albums of the Year and earned them major festival performances everywhere from MerleFest to Scotland's Celtic Connections.

Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs.  As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope's mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts. Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, Opportunity Fund, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of Pittsburgh Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Media Contact:Diana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org 
Images available at: http://TrustArts.org/pressSearch: 2016 Dog Loves Books 

 PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES 
CITIZENS BANK CHILDREN'S THEATER SERIES
PRESENTS
 
ARTSPOWER INDOG LOVES BOOKS 
NOVEMBER 13-20, 2016 
SIX PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS



Pittsburgh, PA” The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces ArtsPower's musical touring production Dog Loves Books will open the 2016-2017 Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series. Performances take place November 13 through 20, 2016 at six different locations throughout the area. 
Dog Loves Books, produced byArtsPower, is based on Louise Yates' New York Times best seller.  Dog Loves Bookscelebrates the power of the imagination and the satisfaction that comes from sharing books with others.  The musical features songs and choreography that bring to life the story of Dog and his love of books that leads him to open a book store.  In order to convince people to buy his books, Dog acts out some of his favorite stories, including a modern version of Little Red Riding Hood .  The performance is recommended for ages 3-10 years and is 55 minutes in length. 
ArtsPower was founded in 1985 by brothers Gary and Mark Blackman.  Greg Gunning is the artistic director and Karen Bibbo is the company and production manager.  The company has presented original musicals and dramas to children and families across the country in 49 states for the past 31 years.  In 2015, ArtsPower was named as one of America's top 12 touring theatre companies that make a difference across the United States by Backstage.com.
For more information, visit www.artspower.org, follow on www.facebook.com/ArtspowerInc.
To watch a scene from ArtsPower's Dog Loves Books, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWBO19bkcNQ orartspower.org/shows/dog-loves-books/

Ticket InformationIndividual tickets ($10.50 in advance; $12.00 at the door) can be ordered online at www.TrustArts.org/kids, by calling412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Group tickets can be ordered by calling 412-471-6930.  Subscriptions and Flex Ticket Packages to the Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series are available by calling 412-456-1390.  Children under 2 are free but require a lap pass. 

Dog Loves Books performance locations include: City: Byham Theater, November 13 at 2:00 p.m.; East: Penn Hills High School, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.North: Marshall Middle School, November 17 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.West:Cornell High School, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.South: Mt. Lebanon High School, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; and Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate High School, November 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Animal Friends and Therapy Dogs to visit Byham Theater, Sunday, November 13, 2016
Animal Friends and a group of therapy dogs and their handlers will be joining children and families on Sunday, November 13 at the Byham Theater in the lobby before the performance of Dog Loves Books that begins at 2:00 p.m.  Animal Friends' Pet Assisted Literacy Services (PALS) program helps promote a love of reading through the animal-human bond. The canine reading specialists and their handlers provide children with a non-judgmental and supportive environment that helps to make reading a more fun and positive experience. Learn more about the PALS programs atwww.ThinkingOutsidetheCage.org/Rover.


Upcoming shows in the 2016-2017 Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, include: Theatreworks USA in Pete the Cat (January 8-15, 2017); Galumpha (February 14-19, 2017); Circo Comedia (March 5-12, 2017); The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour: Elephant and Piggie's We Are In a Play! (May 18-21, 2017, also presented as part of the EQT Children's Theater Festival).  

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents a variety of family programming including the following series and festival.  For more information please visit www.TrustArts.org.


The Citizens Bank Children's Theater (now in its 47th season), a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opens the door for children to experience professional performing arts programming which inspires, challenges, educates, and stimulates respect for and an understanding of all cultures in an entertaining and enlightening way.  The series introduces children to the arts early in life sparking their interest and appreciation so they continue to enjoy and support the arts as they grow up. 

The EQT Bridge Theater Series (now in its 2nd season, 2016-2017), for ages 7 and up, expands upon the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's mission of bringing artistic opportunities to children of all ages through culturally diverse performances that will continue to engage young audiences through participation, encouragement of and respect for their creative ideas and develop their interest in the arts.



The EQT Children's Theater Festival (celebrating its 31st year in 2017; May 18-21, 2017) is one of only four international children's theater festivals in the nation. For the fourth year, the EQT Foundation, the charitable affiliation of EQT Corporation, will serve as the lead and title sponsor of the Children's Theater Festival. The festival is known for performances and area premieres from artists around the world, free outdoor arts, music and installations, and unique free hands-on activities for any age. The festival welcomes everyone to participate in the educational and cultural experiences that bring people together while enjoying elements of fun and surprise.


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
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Publish Date: 10-13-2016 08:19:00
 


September 6, 2016 - For Immediate Release




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Pittsburgh Opera presents Verdi's La traviata
The most popular opera in the world, at the Benedum for the first time in five years

What:
Verdi's La traviata
Where:
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, Downtown Pittsburgh
When:
Saturday, October 8th, 8:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, October 11th, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 14th, 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, October 16th, 2:00 p.m.
Run Time:
2 hours 12 minutes, including 2 intermissions
Language:
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
Tickets:
Single tickets start at $12 for all performances.
Group Discounts available.
Call 412-456-6666 for more information or visit pittsburghopera.org/tickets.

Media Events
Please contact ccox@pittsburghopera.org for reservations
Photo Call (9/26, 12:30 PM) Artifacts Antique Store, 110 S Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Full Dress Rehearsal (10/6, 7:00 10:00 PM), Benedum Center
Related Events
See pages 6-7 of this release.
Opera Up Close (9/25)
WQED Preview (10/1 & 10/7)
Meet the Artists (10/11)
Audio Commentary (10/11)

Party time! Photo: Eric Antoniou for Boston Lyric Opera  2014
Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Opera opens its 78th season with the Giuseppe Verdi favorite La traviata, at the Benedum Center October 8th -16th.





La traviata  the fallen woman is a compelling tale of love, intrigue, money, and power in 19th century France.

It tells the heart-wrenching story of courtesan Violetta ValГry, played by Pittsburgh favorite Danielle Pastin. Alfredo Germont played by Cody Austin in his Pittsburgh Opera debut wins Violetta's love and his father's displeasure. His father, going behind Alfredo's back, coerces Violetta into breaking up with Alfredo because their relationship threatens his daughter's engagement and his family's reputation.




Violetta will not disclose his father's role in their breakup, so Alfredo erroneously believes she loves someone else. He publicly denounces her, leaving them both grief-stricken. Will they reconcile before it's too late?

Pittsburgh Opera will be performing a production of La traviata which is new to Pittsburgh. Set in 19th century Paris, it does not shy away from some of the more ribald aspects of that society.

From the rousing Brindisi drinking song to touching arias, La traviata's singing and music are sure to delight.


La traviata features a superlative cast, including:


       Danielle Pastin (Violetta ValГry), a favorite of Pittsburgh Opera audiences, who last performed here in 2015's CosГ fan tutte. Praised by Opera News as having one of the most sheerly beautiful voices on the scene today, the former Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist continues to gain critical acclaim for her engagements across the country and internationally. Ms. Pastin made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2011. 


       Cody Austin (Alfredo Germont), described as beautifully talented and charismatic, is making his Pittsburgh Opera debut. In March 2016, he sang this role with Opera Tampa, where the Tampa Bay Times said it was a part he might have been born to play. Mr. Austin has sung across the country to high praise.


       Sebastian Catana (Giorgio Germont), also making his Pittsburgh Opera debut. Originally from Romania, Mr. Catana first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in La bohГme in 2003. Despite the fact that most of his performances are in Europe, Mr. Catana and his family live in Bethel Park.  

On stage October 8, 11, 14 & 16, La traviata is an unforgettable way to open the opera season. Tickets start at just $12 and are available online.  

Find further details and download the press release as a PDF here.

Three facts about La traviata

  1. La traviata is the opera that Richard Gere took Julia Roberts to see in the hit movie Pretty Woman. In the movie, Julia Roberts plays a prostitute who falls in love with a wealthy man, and La traviata moved her character deeply enough to exclaim it was so good I almost peed my pants.
  2. As the most popular opera in the world, even non-opera fans know the music from La traviata. It's been featured in TV commercials for all things Italian, and the Brindisi drinking song was the bedrock of a classic Heineken commercial.
  3. Violetta wears a white camellia flower on her dress, which she removes in the first act and tosses to Alfredo. In the book Lady of the Camellias by Alexander Dumas, fils, which La traviata is based on, the Violetta character, also a prostitute, wears a white camellia to signify she is ˜available' for customers, and a red one to signify she is not.

The story, in brief
Pittsburgh Opera's production of Verdi's La traviata takes place in France during the mid-1800s.

The story opens in Paris. Violetta ValГry has been out most of the night running from party to party with her friends, who are now continuing the festivities in her luxurious apartment.

An admirer of Violetta's, Alfredo Germont, who has long adored her from afar, flirts with her in a rousing drinking song, the famous Brindisi Libiamo ne'lieti calici.

Alfredo then proceeds to confess to Violetta that he has loved her for more than a year. Moved, Violetta attempts to warn Alfredo, saying that she doesn't know how to love. Besides, as you'll hear in a stunning aria, Violetta wants to be ˜sempre libera' always free. Free and aimless she must flutter, from pleasure to pleasure.

Alfredo eventually wins Violetta over, and they move to a house in the country. Alfredo sings about how happy he has been ever since Violetta told him I want to live, faithful to you alone.  



However, Alfredo's father Giorgio Germont disapproves of Violetta's relationship with Alfredo, because it threatens his family's reputation and also his daughter's engagement. He coerces Violetta into breaking up with Alfredo, then returns to console his son and remind him of his loving family back home in Provence.

Alfredo confronts Violetta at a party. She will not disclose his father's role in their breakup, so Alfredo erroneously believes she loves someone else. Angry, he scorns her and storms off.

Violetta and Alfredo are both miserable. Six months later, Germont finally confesses his plot to Alfredo. Alfredo regrets the way he mistreated Violetta and attempts to reconcile. Violetta, however, is sadly succumbing to tuberculosis, and bids farewell to happy dreams of by-gone days. Alfredo's father enters with a doctor, regretting what he has done. However, it is too late she dies in Alfredo's arms. 
For additional information, videos, musical samples, and cast biographies, visit pittsburghopera.org/traviata.



  • Group discounts are available. For discounted group tickets (6 or more), contact Regina Connolly at 412-281-0912, x 213

Sponsors


Cast and Artistic Team

Violetta ValГry                                          Danielle Pastin**
Alfredo Germont                                       Cody Austin+
Giorgio Germont                                       Sebastian Catana+
Flora Bervoix                                            Leah de Gruyl*
Baron Douphol                                          Brian Vu*
Doctor Grenvil                                          Matt Scollin**
Gastone de Letorieres                             Eric Ferring*
Annina                                                      Claudia Rosenthal*
Marquis d'Obigny                                      Andy Berry*          

Conductor                                                 Christian Capocaccia
Stage Director                                          Chas Rader-Shieber
Set Designer                                             Julia Noulin-MГrat
Costume Designer                                  Jacob Climer
Lighting Designer                                    Mike Inwood
Wig & Make-up Designer                          James Geier
Stage Manager                                         Cindy Knight
Asst. Conductor                                       Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master                                          Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist                          James Lesniak
Asst. Stage Director                                 Frances Rabalais*
Asst. Lighting Designer                           Todd Nonn
Asst. Stage Manager                               Sarah Cowing
Asst. Stage Manager                               Attitra Lelehuta

+    Pittsburgh Opera debut

Related Events for La traviata 

Opera Up Close: La traviata
Sunday, September 25 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM George R. White Opera Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 2425 Liberty Avenue

Opera Up Close is an in-depth look at the music and story of Verdi's La traviata, with singers and the production's conductor. Admission is $5; free to members of FRIENDS of Pittsburgh Opera and $50+ donors. Handicapped parking is available by reservation. For more information: 412-281-0912 or http://www.pittsburghopera.org/calendar/detail/opera-up-close-la-traviata

La traviata - Previews on WQED-FM 89.3 and WQED.ORG
Saturday, October 1st from 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM and
Friday, October 7th from 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Hosted by WQED, and broadcast over the airwaves on WQED-FM 89.3 as well as the WQED website, the La traviata Preview gives listeners an engaging introduction to the singers, music, and story of the opera. For more information: http://www.pittsburghopera.org/calendar/detail/wqed-preview-la-traviata

Pre-opera Talks for La traviata
One hour prior to each performance
Benedum Center

Ticketholders are invited to attend a free Pre-Opera Talk one hour before each performance's curtain in the Main Floor/Orchestra section of the Benedum Center. Learn about the composer, the story and some juicy details about the opera!

Pre-Opera Talks are free to all ticketholders at all performances.

Audio Commentary: La traviata
Tuesday, October 11th, 7:00 PM
Benedum Center

Ticketholders with visual impairments are invited to use Pittsburgh Opera's Audio
Description service at our Tuesday performances. Trained volunteers describe the scenery, costumes, and stage action. The listeners hear these descriptions via assistive listening devices. Those wishing to use Audio Description should reserve seats to the Tuesday, October 11th performance by contacting Regina Connolly at 412-281-0912, ext. 213 or groups@pittsburghopera.org. Braille and large-print programs are also available.


Meet the Artists of La traviata
Tuesday, October 11th
Immediately following the opera, in the Benedum Center's Lower Lobby

Ticketholders for the Tuesday, October 11th performance of La traviata are invited to gather in the Benedum Lower Lobby immediately following the performance for interviews with General Director Christopher Hahn and the stars of the opera. This event is free to all Tuesday performance ticketholders.
October Brown Bag concert
Saturday, October 15, 2016 Noon - 1:00PM
George R. White Opera Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 2425 Liberty Avenue

You're invited to Pittsburgh Opera's free October Brown Bag concert. The program includes some of our 2016-17 Resident Artists' favorite selections. It's free and open to everyone. Bring a friend and bring a lunch! Meet the Resident Artists afterward in an informal reception.

Doors open at 11:30AM. Handicapped parking is available by reservation. For more information: 412-281-0912 or http://www.pittsburghopera.org/calendar/detail/october-brown-bag-concert1

COMING UP NEXT for Pittsburgh Opera:


Pittsburgh Opera celebrates its 78th season in 2016-17. Established by five intrepid women in 1939, Pittsburgh Opera is viewed as one of the most vibrant opera organizations in the U.S., with a rich artistic tradition, outstanding educational programs, an acclaimed artist training program, and a progressive outlook toward the future. Its green initiative culminated in LEED Silver certification for its Strip District headquarters, and its capacity as a true community partner has increased significantly under General Director Christopher Hahn's leadership.

 

Publish Date: 10-13-2016 07:52:00
 


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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
BNY MELLON JAZZ PRESENTS JAZZLIVE
FALL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
EVERY TUESDAY | 5:00 PM 7:00 PM | BACKSTAGE BAR




Pittsburgh, PA The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and BNY Mellon Jazz Presents JazzLive, a year-round FREE live jazz series taking place at the Backstage Bar, Cabaret at Theater Square and Katz Plaza. Open to the public, this popular Pittsburgh Cultural Trust music series showcases some of the region's finest jazz musicians every Tuesday from 5:00 7:00 PM in the heart of the Cultural District. From September to May, all performances take place in the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.
We are excited to announce our JazzLive Tuesdays fall lineup and continue growing our local jazz community through these free performances. BNY Mellon JazzLive showcases our talented community of jazz artists and brings internationally renowned jazz stars to the Backstage Bar and Cabaret Theater, shared Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President of Strategic Partnership and Community Engagement and Director of Jazz Programs. The fall JazzLive Series began on September 13, 2016 and continues every Tuesday night until December 6, 2016. This season will feature local favorites, as well as flavors from every genre, including Latin and reggae. The fall season will end with a holiday performance by Benny Benack III, a Pittsburgh-born musician who, at the age of the 25, is heralded as one of the most versatile and virtuosic voices of his generation. 
The following is a schedule of the fall JazzLive performances:

October 4, 2016  Michele Bensen
October 11, 2016  David Throckmorton
October 18, 2016  Kevin Howard
October 25, 2016  Stevee Wellons
November 1, 2016  DK Cypher
November 8, 2016  Jevon Rushton
November 15, 2016  Kenny Blake
November 22, 2016  Dr. Nelson Harrison
November 29, 2016  Thomas Wendt
December 6, 2016  Yoko Suzuki
December 13, 2016  Poogie Bell
December 20, 2016  Roger Humphries
December 27, 2016  Benny Benack III: The Holiday Session
For more information and a full schedule of the fall JazzLive performances, call 412-456-6666.

Michele Benson Born in Chicago and raised in Pittsburgh, Michele Bensen began singing professionally at age 16, performing in various Pittsburgh jazz nightclubs, theaters, hotels and restaurants. She studied trumpet for eight years in addition to taking lessons in dance, piano and musical comedy at the renowned Pittsburgh Playhouse. Michele has sung to audiences on the East coast including being the headline act on the Queen Elizabeth II and M/S Westward Cruise Liners. Bensen has been the opening act for Tony Bennett, the Four Freshmen, Lionel Hampton, Diane Schurr and Herbie Mann as well as being the headline act with her own band, "The Bensen Burners." More than 30 million children hear her as the voice of "Sara Bear" on the children's "Sticky Bear" software. Her radio voiceover work includes a national commercial for A Drug Free America . Her recording of "At Last" featuring the Pittsburgh based Bensen Burner Band was recorded in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The Bensen Burner Band consists of Chris Pangikas on piano, Mike Houlis on bass, Steve Trerrel on drums, Mark Strickland on guitar and Robbie Klein on sax and flute.

David Throckmorton David Throckmorton is an American-born drummer. Picked up for the band for jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. He did two years on tour. After two years with Ferguson's band, Throckmorton returned to Pittsburgh, setting up with bands here. In the late 90s, hit main vehicle was the mostly-improv fusion band Electric Eel Servie; in the 2000s, he focused on Beam, an improve live-band hip-hop hybrid with two bassists, and MC and a DJ. In 2003, Throckmorton started playing with Bill Deasy.



Kevin Howard Kevin Howard is a world class keyboardist, writer, composer, producer, and businessman. Born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Kevin is President and CEO of Key Chapter Entertainment a company which includes full service recording and production. Kevin has received several awards which include three Best Jazz Performer Awards from renowned local urban radio station WAMO; the WQED Harry Schwab Excellence in the arts award; Best Jazz Performer Champions Association; Pittsburgh City Paper top three jazz performers . Kevin, along with his band served as the PittsburghКs WJJJ Smooth Jazz Band for more than two years, performing at various events sponsored by the radio station.

photo Kevin Howard.net



Stevee Wellons Each of the musicians in this group have spent years playing blues, soul, jazz and rock music around the country. The band members have known each other forever
photo steveemusic.com
and talked off-and-on about how much fun it would be working together - some day. Finally, the time was right and The Stevee Wellons Band (SWB) came to life. Working together has led the group in some unexpected directions. The Blues Society of Western Pennsylviania gave SWB the honor or representing the region for the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. That experience provided encouragement and inspiration for the group to work on creating their own mix of blues and soul music. The band is taking their music out on the club and concert circuit in Pennsylvania, and working toward their first full-length CD for release later in 2016.


DK Cypher DK Cypher aka DK Anderson is a veteran Tenor Saxophonist of the Roger Humphries Big Band, RH Factor, and the Boogie Hustlers; and has been hailed as an "unique voice" and "artist to watch" by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. He debuted under the name DK Cypher with the Cypher band at the Pittsburgh JazzLive Festival 2016.
Jevon RushtonDrummer and percussionist, Wm. Jevon Rushton was born on July 10, 1984 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By the age of six, Jevon Rushton was already mesmerizing those around him with his dexterity as a young drummer. At age 14, Jevon made the decision to cultivate his playing by studying at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) under the tutelage of jazz legend, Roger Humphries.
Along with explosive power, blinding speed and mastery of complex rhythms and time signatures, Jevon brings a rare and unique sense of elegance, chilled composure, and gritty street grooves to his music. His artistic ingenuity expresses itself in his incomparable technique, sweltering sense of swing, and an extraordinary ability to imbue his music with majestic grace and elegant repose.
Jevon has a strong dedication to community and education. He currently spends his time teaching at The Pittsburgh Project on Pittsburgh's North Side. Wm. Jevon has received many awards; The Judah Project's Excellence in Leadership, AUBA Community Dedication Award. In 2008, he was honored and inducted into the Westinghouse High School Hall of Fame. He has had the pleasure of performing with artists such as Kirk Franklin, Sean Jones, Dwayne Dolphin, Carolyn Perteete and more.

Cypher Band at Katz Plaza

Kenny BlakeInternationally acclaimed saxophonist, Kenny Blake, has been performing for over 30 years. Kenny's smooth saxophone sound has thrilled audiences worldwide yet he keeps his roots and his home here in Pittsburgh. With five CD's to his credit his wide range of styles cover everything from swing, Latin, ballads, and standards of all kinds. Kenny works with an array of top musicians and can perform as a duo, trio, quartet and can even add a vocalist to provide a one of a kind evening of entertainment.


Dr. Nelson Harrison Veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra, Nelson
Harrison is a musician, composer and avid jazz historian. Nelson Harrison has played with Kenny Clarke, Billy Eckstine, Earl Fatha Hines, Jay McShann, Slide Hampton and recorded with Walt Harper and Nathan Davis. He as composed more than 400 original compositions, including movie scores and soundtracks.  Dr. Harrison invented the instrument, the Trombetto, has written many articles on Pittsburgh's jazz history and is currently writing a book. During the month of April, he will be a guest lecturer at the Pittsburgh Cultrual Trust's National Jazz Appreciation Month events, discussing Pittsburgh's rich jazz legacy.

Thomas Wendt Thomas Wendt has been playing the drums professionally since the age of 14. A graduate of The Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, he has studied with master drummers Roger Humphries, Joe Harris, and Kenny Washington. Thomas maintains a busy freelancing schedule with Pittsburgh's top jazz artists such as Dwayne Dolphin, Joe Negri, Sean Jones, Dave & Maureen Budway, Kenia, the Latin jazz group, Salsamba, and the newly re-formed Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. He has also played with many visiting international artists like David Fathead Newman, Donald Byrd, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Freddy Cole, Monty Alexander, Curtis Lundy, Wycliffe Gordon, and Javon Jackson. In 2008, Thomas played on the Emmy Award winning soundtrack for the PBS documentary, Fly Boys and in 2010 he recorded an album featuring trombonists Jay Ashby and Steve Davis. Thomas has also recorded albums with Gene Ludwig, Sandy Staley, Salsamba, David and Maureen Budway, and Joe Negri. Recently, he appeared at The 2012 Litchfield Jazz Festival with jazz legend Hubert Laws and in 2013 performed with pianist Alan Broadbent for the Nyack NY Library Concert Series. Since 1998 he has been on the faculty at the Afro-American Music Institute in Homewood.

Yoko Suzuki Yoko Suzuki is an alto saxophonist working in Pittsburgh and New York City. She started to take classical piano lessons at the age of six and continued on until graduating from high school. Throughout middle school and high school, she also played the trumpet in school brass bands. Then she finally switched to the alto saxophone upon joining a jazz ensemble at Osaka University in Japan, teaching herself jazz theory, improvisation and repertoire. After working as a musician in Osaka, Japan and New York City, she moved to Pittsburgh in 2006. She received an MA in musicology at Rutgers University in 2005 and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology and women's studies at the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. Currently, she teaches jazz history, jazz arranging, and jazz ensemble at the University of Pittsburgh.

Poogie BellPoogie Bell is an outstanding drummer, composer, arranger, and record
 producer.  He has performed and recorded with Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, Roberta Flack, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, John Scofield, David Sanborn, Angelique Kidjo, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Vanessa Williams, Stanley Turrentine, Victor Wooten, Randy Crawford, and many more.  Poogie co-wrote with Victor Bailey Touch and Go the title track of Force MD's debut album that won the ASCAP Urban Music Writers award for Top 10 Singles in 1998.  He now leads the Poogie Bell Band.

from PoogieBell.net

Roger Humphries Roger Humphries is rated by music critics as one of the most exciting percussionists in the business. He has provided the rhythmic beat for music legends as Ray
from RogerHumphries.com
Charles, Horace Silver, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Stanley Turrentine, James Moody, among many others in his brillant career. Roger has performed at Carnegie Music Hall, the Village Gate and the Apollo Theatre in New York. He has also played at the Bohemian Caverns and Shelly Manne's Manhole in Los Angeles; the Penthouse in Seattle, Wash.; Pep's Lounge and Showboat, Philadelphia; the Jazz Workshop, Boston; Ronny Scott's in London and many other great jazz destinations worldwide. He has played with a who's who of jazz titans, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Coleman Hawkins, Grant Green, Billy Taylor, Bill Doggett, Benny Green, Richard " Groove" Holmes, Lionel Hampton, , Clark Terry, J.J. Johnson, Billy Preston, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Jack McDuff, Gene Harris, George Harris, George Benson, John Faddis, Slide Hampton, Johnny Griffin, Herbie Mann, Randy Brecker, Joe Williams, Milt Jackson and Jimmy Witherspoon. In Pittsburgh, Roger has performed with Sean Jones, Nathan Davis, Frank Cunimondo, Pete Henderson, Dwayne Dolphin and too many others to mention.
After playing with various groups around the country, in 1972, Roger organized his own band, R H Factor, and in 1996, he assembled Roger Humphries' Big Band.

Benny Benack III At the age of 25, Pittsburgh-born musician Benny Benack III has been hailed by Nate Chinen of the New York Times as a charismatic young tempeter who maintains an earnest sideline as a singer. As a dual-threat, he's quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and virtuosic voices of his generation. He first made his mark internationally through competitions, winning the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Soloist Competition (2011), National Trumpet Competition for Jazz (2010), International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition (2010), and was most recently a Finalist for the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition (2014). Demonstrating his versatility, he also was a Finalist in two vocal competitions, the Gentlemen Sing Competition (2012) and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocalist Competition (2014).

from bennybenackjazz.com

Backstage BarThe Backstage Bar at Theater Square is a favorite Cultural District hotspot for drinks, a quick bite to eat, live entertainment, and great company through the evening.  It's the perfect place to meet before a performance, or lounge after a show, or just a great gathering place with friends and colleagues. The Backstage Bar serves an outstanding list of premium wines, spirits, specialty drinks and beers to complement the fun and casual food menu and often features live entertainment with no cover charge.
The Backstage Bar is open before and after shows and for Happy Hour (911 pm Tuesdays Fridays).  Often called a hidden treasure, you can enter the bar from behind the fountain in Katz Plaza, or through the main entrance to the Cabaret at Theater Square, under the Theater Square marquee.
For more information and a full schedule of events occurring at the Backstage Bar, visit trustarts.org/visit/facilities/backstage/.



Pittsburgh Cultural TrustThe Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
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Publish Date: 10-13-2016 00:30:00
 



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Media Contact:Diana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
Images available at: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Press RoomSearch: 2016 Pedal Punk 
PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
ANNOUNCES 
COHEN & GRIGSBY TRUST PRESENTS SERIES
PRESENTS 
CIRQUE MECHANICS
IN
PEDAL PUNK


Charivari

OCTOBER 24, 2016 | 7:00PM | BYHAM THEATER

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Cirque Mechanics will perform Pedal Punk on Monday, October 24, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA.  This performance is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Pedal Punk combines traditional circus disciplines with bicycles on a cycling inspired set and follows a zany bike shop mechanic as he meets cyclists, repairs their bikes and creates innovative pedal powered machines.  The troupe describes their show as a rowdy circus where the mischief is on wheels!


Penny Farthing Flies
Creative Director Chris Lashua had no trouble incorporating cycling into this new show, since his career has always revolved around wheels, either on a BMX bike or an acrobatic German Wheel.  In Pedal Punk, Lashua and Cirque Mechanics explore the connection between man and machine in an exciting performance.
Lashua founded Cirque Mechanics in 2004 and is based in Las Vegas.  The group delivers productions that bring together the circus arts, the theater and the mechanical for shows that blend realism with American ingenuity.  
Spectacle Magazine says Cirque Mechanics is the greatest contribution to American circus since Cirque de Soleil.
For more information about Pedal Punk and Cirque Mechanics, visit http://www.cirquemechanics.com/pedal-punk/

For more information about the Cirque Mechanics creative team, visit http://www.cirquemechanics.com/about/creative-team/.
To watch a performance clip of Pedal Punk,visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlYqCt_pteY

Siren Cycle

To watch behind the scenes Making of Pedal Punk, visit https://vimeo.com/106325642.  
TicketsTickets ($25-$45) are available through these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930




Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook

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Publish Date: 10-12-2016 22:19:00
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              CONTACT:              George Hazimanolis
September 30, 2016                                                                                                       412-622-1366
                                                                                                                                                ghaziman@wqed.org


WQED ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL LIBRARIES


EQT Foundation sponsor of initiative at three community libraries

PITTSBURGH  WQED announces the kick-off of Inquire Within, a program in partnership between two key community institutions WQED and local libraries in southwestern Pennsylvania.  Inquire Within aspires to re-imagine media-first partnerships that create impactful educational experiences in learning for children and families. 

The Inquire Within libraries powered by EQT are excited to launch their programing with kick-off events that are full of family fun. 


Dates and locations are as follows:  


Citizens Library, Washington County                                 Monday, October 24, 5-6:30pm
Flenniken Public Library, Greene County                         Saturday, October 29, 1-3:00pm




WQED is working with local and national library partners to create and implement PBS-themed curriculum that leverages public trust with a thirst for innovation in service of 21st Century learners, by developing a community of practice that can experiment, lead and sustain a new approach to educational public media.

Collaborating Libraries choose from a menu of program options including, but not limited to: Martha Speaks Reading Buddies programs; watch parties and discussion groups around the WQED national television program, iQ: smartparent; screenings and premieres of beloved PBS shows; and Parent App-A-Thons where all parents receive free PBS apps on their smart-device and coaching on how to use them with their child.  WQED, in turn, provides the collateral, advertising, training, media and materials specific to conducting the programs.  Inquire Within is designed to encourage family engagement and love of learning through hands-on, family centered activities. 




The partnership, made possible by local financial support from The EQT Foundation empowers librarians to create innovative, imaginative programing using researched-based, parent-trusted content from PBS.

EQT has always been committed to new and innovative ways to bring education to our communities, and we are excited to be part of this new partnership linking PBS-themed content to early-childhood learners, said Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation Manager.  By providing librarians with the tools to help engage children and parents, we anticipate a new experience in libraries and community events throughout Greene & Washington counties.

This is an opportunity for WQED to impact family engagement like never before.  Our partnership with EQT Foundation and local libraries gives us boots on the ground that allow parents and their children to interact together with beloved PBS characters and programs that they have been watching for generations, said Deborah L. Acklin, president and chief executive officer of WQED Multimedia.  Visit www.wqed.org/education/inquirewithin to find programing near you.



About EQT Foundation
EQT Corporation and the EQT Foundation are committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. For more than the past decade, the EQT Foundation has made a difference by supporting local programs and initiatives that involve education, community and economic development, the arts, and the environment. Together with a variety of non-profit organizations, the EQT Foundation develops strong partnerships that enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts.

About WQED
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 161 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including three Emmy Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation's first community-supported broadcaster.  WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online atwww.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).



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Publish Date: 07-24-2016 15:56:00
 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.orgDiana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org 
Images available at:Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Press Room
Search name: 2016 Christmas in July 
PITTSBURGH'S CULTURAL DISTRICT WILL CELEBRATE
CHRISTMAS IN JULY 2016 
AT THE PITTSBURGH DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP'SMARKET SQUARE FARMERS MARKET
OFFERING MOBILE BOX OFFICE AND
DISCOUNTS FOR HOLIDAY EVENTS & UPCOMING PERFORMANCES 
IN THE CULTURAL DISTRICT 
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016 | PITTSBURGH, PA | MARKET SQUARE 
Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership announce Christmas in July, a special event being held during the Market Square Farmers Market on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Downtown Pittsburgh, 23 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. 
Christmas in July promises special pre-sale offers and discounts for select events as the holiday season arrives early in Pittsburgh. A Cultural District tent with a mobile box office will be in place for the Thursday, July 28 event for those attending the Farmers Market. 


Cultural District Christmas in July promotional offers are also available online and in person at Theater Square Box Office.  For online orders, visit www.CulturalDistrict.org/XmasInJulyand use PROMO CODE: XMASINJULY starting Thursday, July 28, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., through Friday, July 29, 2016, at 11:00 p.m.  In person, visit Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  



This promotion is not valid for previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with other offers. Additional restrictions may apply.
In addition to the ticket promotions, the Christmas in July event will feature special programming by Cultural District presenting arts organizations, with a performance by Pittsburgh CLO Mini Stars and an appearance by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's life-sized Nutcracker.  Folks can also enjoy gathering around for a ˜selfie' opportunity to take a picture with the infamous leg lamp from ˜A Christmas Story.'  Attendees will also have an opportunity to say hello to Santa and meet several Holiday Market vendors! 
Participating Cultural District Organizations and Special Offers will be available from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.   
Please visit www.culturaldistrict.org/xmasinjuly for full performance descriptions and information on restrictions that may apply to the Christmas in July 2016 event offers. 



Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Event: The NutcrackerLocation: Benedum Center
Promotional Dates: December 9, 15, 16, 20-22, 24, 26, 2016
Special Offer: 20% Off select performances in zones 1-4 only.
About the PerformancePropelled by Tchaikovsky's iconic score, this soaring story captures the awe and expectation of the night before Christmas when a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure. As the colossal tree shoots skyward and snowflakes blanket the stage, the journey glides into a radiant Land of Enchantment brimming with virtuosic dances from faraway lands.  Set in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh, this holiday tradition resounds with more than 150 dancers, radiant scenery, astounding magic tricks and new surprises each season. Choreography/Staging: Terrence S. Orr. Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky, Costumes/Scenery: Zack Brown.



Pittsburgh CLO
Event: A Musical Christmas Carol
Location: Byham Theater
Promotional Dates: December 9-23, 2016
Special Offer: Pre-sale. Buy tickets before they go on sale to the public + half-price tickets for children ages 3-14.
About the PerformanceWe've taken the spirit of the season, wrapped it in your favorite yuletide melodies and tied it with all the holiday magic and wonder of your childhood.  Join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of colorful characters for a remarkable CLO 25th anniversary holiday production of A Musical Christmas Carol.  With dazzling special effects, holiday charm and ticket prices even Scrooge would approve of, this Charles Dickens classic is a wonderful way to celebrate all the tradition of the season.




Pittsburgh Opera

Event: La traviata
Location: Benedum Center
Promotional Dates: October 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.October 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.October 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.
Special Offer: 20% Offer select performances
About the Performance
Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata  the fallen woman- is a compelling tale of love, intrigue, money and power in 19th century France.  La traviata tells the heart wrenching story of courtesan Violetta ValГry, played by Pittsburgh favorite Danielle Pastin, last seen here in 2015's Cosi fan tutte.  Like so many of Verdi's works, La traviata explores grand themes through intimate family drama. Alfredo Germont played by Cody Austin in his Pittsburgh Opera debut wins Violetta's love and his father's displeasure. His father, going behind Alfredo's back, coerces Violetta into breaking up with Alfredo because their relationship threatens his daughter's engagement and his family's reputation.  Violetta will not disclose his father's role in their breakup, so Alfredo erroneously believes she loves someone else. He publicly denounces her, leaving them both grief-stricken. Will they reconcile before it's too late?  From the rousing Brindisi drinking song to touching arias, La traviata's singing and music are sure to delight.  Music Director Antony Walker conducts the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Chas Rader-Shieber directs.


Pittsburgh Public Theater
Event: The Second City in Free Speech! (While Supplies Last)
Location: O'Reilly Theater
Promotional Dates: August 26 & 27, 2016 
Special Offer: 30% Off select performances; (Sat. August 279:00 p.m. performance only applies.) 
About the PerformanceThe legendary Second City returns with this hilarious show skewering the nation's current state of electoral insanity.  Enjoy political satire made famous by alums including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Keegan-Michael Key, as well as brand-new scenes, songs, and improv, all performed by The Second City's best and brightest young comedians.


Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraEvent: Highmark Holiday Pops
Location: Heinz Hall
Promotional Dates: December 10, 17 & 18 at 8:00 p.m..; and December 17, 2016 at 8pm
Special Offer: 50% Off select concerts
About the PerformanceShare Pittsburgh's favorite holiday musical tradition with family and friends, and thrill to the spectacle of the season. It's a sparkling celebration. And yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus!  Artists: Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor,Capathia Jenkins, vocalsThe Mendelssohn Choir of PittsburghThree Rivers Ringers, directed by Nancy Lutz,Christopher Sanders, special guest.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Event: Peter and Paul
Location: Benedum Center
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Special Offer: 30% Offer, Price Levels B/C/D
About the Performance
The legendary and award-winning folk artists, Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (from music group Peter, Paul and Mary) reunite to perform their timeless classics for one special evening. No American folk group lasted longer or amassed a more loyal following than Peter, Paul and Mary.  During their legendary career, the trio won five GrammyAwards, produced 13 top 40 hits of which six ascended into the top 10, and earned eight gold and five platinum albums.  The group's message is that their music belongs to everyone.  
Event: A Christmas Story The Musical, part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series
Location: Benedum Center
Dates: November 22-27, 2016
Special Offer: Pre-sale.  Buy tickets before they go on sale to the public.
About the PerformanceA Christmas Story, The Musical chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (You'll shoot your eye out kid! ). An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a double-dogdare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Chock-full of delightful songs and splashy production numbers, A Christmas Story, The Musical has proudly taken its place as a perennial holiday classic for the whole family. The New York Times writes I was dazzled. You'd have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face. A Christmas Story, The Musical premiered on Broadway in 2012 and was nominated for three Tony Awards including Best New Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical.


Event: Cheers Live on Stage, part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series
Location: Heinz Hall
Dates: December 27, 2016-January 1, 2017
Special Offer: Pre-sale.  Buy tickets before they go on sale to the public.
About the Performance
Take a break from all your worries. Go where everybody knows your name. Join Sam, Diane, Coach, Carla, Cliff and Norm onstage as they play out the best and most memorable moments from the Emmy Award-winning classic hit TV series in Cheers Live on Stage.  
A classic comedy performed in two acts, Cheers Live on Stage will feature the interior of the iconic neighborhood bar, where drinking all day is the Norm!  Audiences will get to laugh along with Carla, Coach, Cliff and Norm, as Sam Mayday Malone and Diane Buzzkill Chambers meet for the first time, share a first kiss and a first fight!   A special VIP package will allow patrons to get in on the action and join the cast up on stage pre-show for a photo and a beer.  Cheers, ranked one of TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, aired for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993.  It garnered top 10 ratings for seven of its eleven seasons and often earned the number one ranking in the weekly Nielsens.   The show received 26 Emmy Awards and 4 Golden Globe Awards.  The live show adaptation will be brought to life on-stage by Stageworks Media and TROIKA Entertainment.


Event: Cirque Dreams HolidazeLocation: Benedum Center
Dates: December 29 & 30, 2016
Special Offer: Pre-sale.  Buy tickets before they go on sale to the public.
About the Performance
Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2016 holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday extravaganza. Not to be missedthis circus-like holiday stage spectacular features ornaments, costumes and acrobatics that come alive celebrating holiday themes, music and traditions for the entire family. With over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is the greatest variety show on the planet!
Event: Pilobolus
Location: Byham Theater
Dates: February 10 & 11, 2017
Special Offer: Save $10, Price Levels A/B/C
About the Performance
The name Pilobolus is synonymous with inventive, groundbreaking work. In signature style, Pilobolus does it once again with the intimate and imaginative full-length work, Shadowland.  Possessing the fluidity of an unsettling dream, a young girl's surreal world comes to life in this provocative dance drama. Shadowland transports audiences to her room in the thick of night, where the fantastical power of the dark unleashes a fantasy world in unexpected and utterly thrilling ways. The first theatrical event of its kind, Shadowland is a dance hybrid spiked with shadow theater, a bawdy circus with bold visual elements. With Shadowland, Pilobolus exposes an off-beat coming of age story that is both dramatic and comedic.


Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP's strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com, follow us on Twitter @downtownpitt and like us on Facebook. 


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.

About this Blog:  Dreamweaver Marketing Associates provides this blog as a service to the community, friends, clients and business associates.  Feel free to use this blog as a resource and also to send in your press releasesDreamweaver Marketing Associates is a full service marketing company that specializes in online and digital branding.  For additional information you can contact the host of this blog, Joanne Quinn-Smith at 412-444-5197.Podcasts that come under the umbrella of Dreamweaver Marketing are PositivelyPittsburghLive, TheTechnoGrannyShow ,MondayMorningMarketeer and AuthorAuthorShineOutLoud.

 

Publish Date: 07-15-2016 15:55:00
 




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Contact: Aja Jones
412-281-3973 ext. 224
ajones@pittsburghCLO.org
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Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA
is written in the stars July 26-31

The timeless story of forbidden love to make
Pittsburgh CLO debut at the Benedum Center!
Pittsburgh, PA ˆ™ July 15, 2016  A gripping tragedy of love that transcends all, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA follows a courageous Nubian princess as she is forced to choose between passion and allegiance.  This poignant musical featuresHAMILTON's own Emmy Raver-Lampman as Aida and Broadway's Mark Evans as Radames.
Two strangers peruse a museum exhibit and are suddenly transported to Ancient Egypt where they meet as Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess, and Radames, an Egyptian soldier betrothed to the Pharaoh's daughter. Radames and Aida's forbidden love becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity. As their epic story draws to a close, our pair of strangers resume their visit to the museum where they find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other. The unforgettable Grammy Award-winning score by Elton John and Tim Rice features soaring ballads including Billboard hit Written in the Stars.


ABOUT THE CAST
Kathryn Boswell (Amneris)
 is making her Pittsburgh CLO debut. Most recent credits: Gigi (Broadway, Kennedy Center), First Daughter Suite (Sundance Institute), Play it by Heart (Human Race Theatre Company) and Les MisГrables (Music Theatre of Wichita). TV: High Maintenance (HBO).

Mark Evans (Radames) is also joining Pittsburgh CLO for the first time. U.S: The Fix - Signature Theatre, The Book Of Mormon - First National Tour (2014 Helen Hayes nom.). West End: Ghost The MusicalWickedHigh School Musical and Spamalot. U.K./Regional Tours: Oklahoma!The Rocky Horror ShowSeven Brides For Seven Brothers and Cinderella. TV/Film: The Tower Of SilenceDead HungryLake Placid 3 and Eurovision Your Country Needs You. Workshops: Anastasia. Concert: Ultimate Broadway (Shanghai), Chess In Concert (Royal Albert Hall). Recording: The Journey Home & The Journey Home Deluxe Edition (solo albums). Author: Secrets Of Stage Success.
KAT GEERTSEN, KYLE MCCLELLAN, ERIK HERNANDEZ, ZAKIYA YOUNG & XIMONE ROSE IN MUSIC THEATRE WICHITA'S ELTON JZAKIYA YOUNG  & ANDREW SAMONSKY IN MUSIC THEATRE WICHITA'S ELTON JOHN'S AIDA 
PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER CLARK

Monteze Freeland (Amonasro) has worked with the Arena Players, The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Kuntu Rep (Radio Golf), Pittsburgh Playwrights (The Piano Lesson), City Theatre, Quantum Theatre (The Electric Baby) and many more in the Pittsburgh region. He is also the Artistic Director of The LAB Project. Freeland is a new member of Actors' Equity.

Jeffrey Howell (Pharaohreturns to Pittsburgh CLO after appearing in shows such as: Damn YankeesMan of La Mancha, 42nd Street, Singin' in the RainSunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ SuperstarJekyll and Hyde, A Musical Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), Beauty and the Beast, Bells are Ringing, Pajama Gameand The Most Happy Fella.  He was also seen at the REP in Choir Boy and Souvenir. Other credits include Candide, Tigers Be Still,Chicago and Tribute to Lerner and Loewe with Marvin Hamlisch and the PSO.

Fred Inkley (Zoser) joins Pittsburgh CLO again after appearing inLes MisГrables (Valjean).  Broadway: Les MisГrables (Valjean),Annie (Drake, FDR, Bert Healy), The Addams Family (Lurch, Mal Beineke), Company, Lincoln Center (Vocal Minority), A Tale of Two Cities (Stryver), The Boys from Syracuse (Sergeant),The Nutty Professor (Murray and Maury) and Birdland. Tour: The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Beauty and the Beast (Beast) and Les MisГrables (Valjean). Regional: Ever After (Auguste), Paper Mill Playhouse, Les MisГrables (Valjean), North Shore Music Theater, Pittsburgh CLO, Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll, Hyde), Ritz Theater, Boston Pops Guest Artist. He is a member of Actors' Equity.

ZAKIYA YOUNG  & ANDREW SAMONSKY IN MUSIC THEATRE WICHITA'S ELTON JOHN'S AIDA PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER CLARK



Emmy Raver-Lampman (Aida) appears with Pittsburgh CLO for the first time. Broadway credits include: Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast), A Night With Janis Joplin (Original Broadway Cast), Jekyll & Hyde and Hair. National Tour: Wicked (Elphaba standby). Other Favorites: The SpongeBob Musical (Pre-Broadway Chicago Production), Children of Eden (APAC).  She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College.

Lamont Walker II (Merebis currently a senior at Point Park University pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Other Credits include: Bill Hanney's Theatre by the Sea's West Side Story andThe Buddy Holly StoryA Lesson Before Dying (Jefferson) with Primestage, Choir Boy (AJ) with The Pittsburgh REP, Pittsburgh Playwrights, and others.
Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA is complete with a talented ensemble, including Cameron Amandus, Christopher Campbell, Ryan Cavanaugh, Gerald Caesar, Ixchel Cuellar, Mike Greer, Mya'la Herrold,  Justin Lonesome, Carina-Kay Louchiey, Billy Mason, Mara Newbery, JJ Niemann, Emily Nies, Kate Margalite, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Taylor Kellas Warren and Ross Yoder.



ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Barry Ivan (Director; Choreographer)
 has directed numerous productions for Pittsburgh CLO including The Wedding Singer, Sunset Boulevard, Company, A Little Night Music, Footloose, The Full Monty, Miss Saigon, West Side Story, Smokey Joe's Cafe and Les MisГrables. National and international credits range from directing at the German State Opera to directing at Yale. His productions of The Full Monty and Hairspray received IRNE awards for Best Musical and he received IRNE nominations as Best Director for Nine and Les MisГrables. Mr. Ivan directed the US premiere of Dracula, A Chamber Musical and is slated to direct the world premiere of Jeff Stolzer's comedy-drama Power Plays. Mr. Ivan is currently producing and developing multiple projects for the stage and television.

Tom Helm (Music Directorreturns for his 21st season with Pittsburgh CLO. His theater credits include the Broadway productions of SouvenirLes MisГrablesMe and My GirlCATSand Brigadoon. He has also contributed his talents to television programs such as Crazy For You and the Today Show. Mr. Helm has conducted at Radio City Music Hall, Paper Mill Playhouse and many other regional and national theaters.

Paul Miller (Lighting Designer) returns to Pittsburgh CLO where he previously lent his talents to Legally Blonde.  Broadway:Amazing Grace, Legally Blonde, Freshly SqueezedLaughing Room Only; Irma La Douce, Where's Charley?, Lost in the Stars, Of Thee I Sing and Music in the Air (Encores).  Off-Broadway: Out Of The Mouths Of BabesClinton The Musical, Lucky Guy, Nunsense,Vanities The Musical, Waiting for GodotAddicted and Balancing Act.  Regional: Stratford Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare, Idaho Shakespeare, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Bay Street, Lookingglass and Goodspeed. Tours: Elf, Shrek the MusicalStorytime Live, Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd, Legally Blonde, Nunsense, Scooby Doo andThe Sound of Music. Television: Live from Lincoln Center; New Year's Eve Celebration in Times Square.


HISTORY OF THE SHOW
With stirring music and an eloquent book, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA follows the same story of conflict and timeless love chronicled in the 19th century opera of the same name by Giuseppe Verdi.
The musical first astounded audiences with its Broadway premiere in March of 2000.  The production continued to inspire New York audiences until 2004 when it closed after nearly 2,000 performances.  Following its Broadway run, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA hit the road with multiple National Tours, international productions and regional theater performances across the country.
It won four Tony Awards including Best Original Score and a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album. Contemporary musical legend and composer Elton John recorded the musical's showstopper Written in the Stars with LeAnn Rimes, which topped the Billboard adult contemporary music charts.


ABOUT THE ORIGINAL CREATIVE TEAM
Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang (Book)
wrote the book for Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA. The creative team collaborated in the midst of successful individual careers.  Woolverton's notable credits include script-writing for Disney's animated Beauty and the Beast, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.  She also co-wrote the script for Disney's The Lion King and Homeword Bound: The Incredible Journey.   Robert Falls is a Broadway director and writer whose work includes Death of a SalesmanThe Speed of Darkness andChinglish, among many others.  Falls has won the Tony Regional Theatre Award and a Tony for Best Direction for Death of a Salesman. David Henry Hwang is a critically acclaimed playwright and opera librettist best known for writing M. Butterfly, for which he won a Tony Award, Drama Desk„c Award and Outer Critics Circle„c Award. Other notable credits include Disney's Tarzan,Golden ChildYellow FaceChinglish1000 Airplanes on the Roof,An American Soldier and Dream of the Red Chamber.
Elton John (Musicis the musical genius behind Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA, among many of today's contemporary classics and biggest hits.  He has earned 38 gold and 27 platinum or multi-platinum albums, sold more than 250 million records and holds the record for largest selling single of all time. He has toured the world since 1969 with the Elton John band. John's compositions for 1994 Disney animation film The Lion King won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.  In 1998, he composed for The Lion King on Broadway which won six Tonys. In 2000 he won the Tony Award for Best Original Score for AIDA. John also wrote for Billy Elliot the Musical, which won the 2005 Olivier Award for Best Musical.  Additionally, John has earned five Grammy Awards.

Tim Rice (Lyrics) is one of the most accomplished lyricists and librettists of today.  His work spans multiple genres, decades and has been recognized with a myriad of awards.  His collaborative work with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Jesus Christ Superstar earned him international fame as well as a Tony nomination for Best Original Score. The pair again achieved greatness with Broadway hit Evita which won a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. In 1982, Rice's contributions to Broadway sensation Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat garnered Tony nominations for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. Following Joseph, Rice lent his talents to Broadway's Beauty and the Beast.Subsequently, he worked on Blondel and Chess. Rice collaborated with Elton John for the Disney movie and later stage adaptation ofThe Lion King. He also wrote for the Disney animated film Aladdin, which also appeared on Broadway and earned a Tony nomination for Best Original Score. Additionally, Rice has won three Academy Awards, three Golden Globes and a Grammy.
Performance Schedule for Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA
TuesdayJuly 268 p.m.
WednesdayJuly 278 p.m.
ThursdayJuly 288 p.m.
FridayJuly 298 p.m.
SaturdayJuly 302 p.m. and 8 p.m.
SundayJuly 312 p.m. and 7 p.m.
TICKETS
Tickets are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Tickets start at $25. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call our Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 for more information. Visit pittsburghCLO.org for further information.

 

Publish Date: 07-14-2016 13:55:00
 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        
CONTACT:  Chaz Kellem
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
412-255-1270

Know an individual, company, or organization that is committed to eliminating racism?
Nominate them for a 2016 Racial Justice Award!

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 8, 2016): YWCA Greater Pittsburgh seeks socially conscious individuals, companies, and organizations who encourage social justice, promote institutional transformation, and enhance racial equity in their community, field, or organization. Visit www.ywcapgh.org to submit your nomination for the 2016 Racial Justice Awards before the July 27th deadline.

The YW's Racial Justice Awards seeks to recognize those who contribute to a society in which all people receive equal treatment and have equal access in the workplace, public services, justice system, classroom, and throughout the Greater Pittsburgh community. Over the past two decades, YWCA has recognized more than 100 community leaders who have made substantial commitments to racial equity. 

In honor of the 25th Racial Justice Awards, we look forward to inviting back and recognizing all past awardees at this special Silver Celebration. says Chaz Kellem, Senior Director, Advocacy for Race and Gender Equity. 



We invite nominations from individuals, businesses, professional groups, or neighborhood and community organizations in the following eight categories: Arts, Community Engagement, Business & Professional Services, Education, Faith, Health, Public Service & Safety and Youth Achievement. Awardees will be selected by YWCA's 2016 Racial Justice Awards Selection Committee. This diverse group of professionals will represent leaders across the eight award categories.

Awards will be presented at the 25th Annual Racial Justice Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 6:30 PM. The Omni William Penn Hotel on 530 William Penn Place will host the event.

Proceeds from the dinner will help improve the lives of thousands of Pittsburgh area women, girls, families, and marginalized communities served by the YW. For sponsorship opportunities or other additional information, call 412-555-1270 or visit www.ywcapgh.org.

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We envision a community that advances education, opportunity, and equity regardless of gender, race, or background. For more information about YW programs and services, visit www.ywcapgh.org or call 412-391-5100.



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Publish Date: 07-14-2016 13:46:00
 





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, (412) 471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org
Images available: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Press RoomSearch: 1617 Cabaret

THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
2016-2017 TRUST CABARET SERIES
FEATURING
BILLY PORTER
KAREN MASON
JAMES MONROE IGLEHART
JUDY KUHN
LEA SALONGA


CABARET AT THEATER SQUARE | 655 PENN AVENUE | CULTURAL DISTRICT


Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the fifth season for the 2016-2017 TRUST Cabaret Series. This series is comprised of Broadway's best performers and provides audiences with a rare opportunity to experience the featured cabaret artists and their outstanding musical accompanists at the intimate 250-seat Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.
The 2016-2017 Trust Cabaret season maintains a high standard of quality and showcases a diverse lineup of bright stars including Tony award winners and the singing voices of some of Disney's most iconic characters.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to begin the TRUST Cabaret season with Tony Award winner and Pittsburgh Native, Billy Porter, shared Randal Miller, Director of Dance Programming and Special Projects for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  I can't imagine a better way to start this spectacular season which will also include the talents of Karen Mason whose Broadway credits include Mamma Mia and Sunset Boulevard;  James Monroe Iglehart who received a Tony Award for his role in the Broadway production of Aladdin;  Judy Kuhn, leading actor in the Tony Award winning musical Fun Home and the incomparable Lea Salonga whose extensive list of credits include a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Kim in Miss Saigon and who served as the singing voice of Disney characters Mulan and Jasmine.  It is exciting to give people access to such a diverse group of artists of this caliber.

Subscription packages for the 2016-2017 TRUST Cabaret Series will go on sale today, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Single tickets will go on sale Friday, August 19, 2016.  TRUST Cabaret Series performances begin at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Series subscriptions include all five performances and are available as follows: Tables and Hi-top seating subscriptions are $300; Theater seating subscriptions are $250.  For subscription information call (412) 456-1390. Groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930. Accessible services are available. Table and hi-top seating for single tickets: $65; Theater seating for single tickets: $55. Full tables are also available. 
For information, call (412) 456-6666, visit TrustArts.org/Cabaret Series or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Cabaret at Theater Square.  Enjoy fabulous entertainment, a great menu, delicious desserts, coffee and a full bar.  Theater Square also offers convenient parking.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges the Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh for their generous support of the TRUST Cabaret Series, which is arranged in cooperation with rj productions.

BILLY PORTER: BROADWAY AND SOUL | Monday, October 17Billy Porter won a

Tony Award for his performance as Lola in Kinky Boots. His other Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease, and Smokey Joe's CafГ. Off-Broadway, in addition to appearing in the Signature Theatre Company's acclaimed production of Angels in America, he was seen in The Merchant of Venice, House of Lear, and Radiant Baby (Public Theater), Birdie Blue (Second Stage Theatre), Songs for a New World (WPA Theater), King Lear and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler (both for Exit, Pursued by A Bear), as well as his one-man show, Ghetto Superstar. His film and television credits include the Sundance Film Festival features The Broken Hearts Club and Intern, The Humbling, Noel, the CBS miniseries Shake, Rattle & Roll as Little Richard, Twisted, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and The Tonight Show. A Grammy Award winner, Porter's concert credits include opening acts for Rosie O'Donnell and Aretha Franklin, performances at Carnegie Hall, with John McDaniel and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, as well as with The Buffalo Philharmonic, Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, and The Boston Pops. Also a writer, his play While I Yet Live was produced last year at Primary Stages. Starting March 2016, he will appear alongside Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Broadway's highly-anticipated Shuffle Along. In this intimate concert, BILLY PORTER: BROADWAY AND SOUL, Porter presents an evening of songs and stories from his experiences on the Great White Way. Along with James Sampliner, his long-time music director and collaborator, Billy has translated some of the most iconic Broadway music of the past eight decades into African American idioms, including soul, gospel, hip-hop, funk and R&B. A musical evening that will have you dancing in your seat!

KAREN MASON | Monday, November 14Karen Mason has few peers when it comes to ripping the roof off with her amazing voice that knows no bounds! (Chicago Tribune). She has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway, television and cabaret, winning numerous awards that include 10 Manhattan Association of Cabaret Awards (MAC), an Emmy Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, 3 Bistros Awards, a Nightlife Award, and a Drama Desk nomination. Karen received rave reviews when she stepped into the starring role of Norma Desmond in the Los Angeles and Broadway companies of Sunset Boulevard, and received critical acclaim as Tanya in the original Broadway cast ofMamma Mia! Other Broadway credits include Wonderland, Hairspray, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, and Torch Song Trilogy. She has headlined at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and performed with major Symphony Orchestras in cities around the world that include New York, Tokyo, Osaka, London, Manaus (Brazil), Copenhagen, Long Beach (CA), Philadelphia, and Chicago. Karen has shared the concert stage with Michael Feinstein, Jerry Herman, Chita Rivera, Rosemary Clooney, Barry Manilow, Liza Minelli, and Luciano Pavarotti. Karen's 7 highly-acclaimed recordings include: her new single and video, It's About Time, Right Here/Right Now, The Sweetest of Nights, When The Sun Comes OutChristmas! Christmas! Christmas!, Better Days, and her inaugural CD, Not So Simply Broadway. She has been featured on many soundtracks, including the original NY cast recordings of And The World Goes ˜Round, and Wonderland. And TV/film soundtracks of: Walk a Mile in My Pradas, The Christmas Bride, Jeffrey, and the NBC Rock-Opera: Auto-Tune/The Munsters.

JAMES MONROE IGLEHART | Monday, February 13
James Monroe Iglehart won the 2014 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his
performance as the Genie in Aladdin. He originated the role of Bobby in the Tony-winning musical Memphis. James started his career in his home state of California, attending Cal State Hayward and performing in Bat Boy at TheatreWorks and as Teen Angel in Grease at the American Musical Theatre. Other NYC: The 25th AnnualSpelling Bee and The Wiz. Regional: Porgy & Bess (Oakland EB Symphony), It Ain't Nothing But the Blues (TheatreWorks, CA) and Smokey Joe's CafГ (AMT San Jose). Film/TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (recurring), Gotham , The Good Wife and The Electric Company (the Silent E Soloist). James is a member of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme. James dedicates this show to Dawn, the best wife in the world!


JUDY KUHN | Monday, March 13Judy Kuhn is a fourtime Tony Award nominee most recently for her starring role in Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's Tony award winning musical Fun Homedirected by Sam Gold. Also on Broadway she starred in the Roundabout's 1993 hit revival of She Loves Me (Tony Nomination), Chess (Tony & Drama Desk Nomination), Les Miserables (Tony & Drama Desk Nomination), Rags (Drama Desk Nomination),Two Shakespearean Actors (Lincoln Center Theatre), Alan Menken & Tim Rice's King David, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (original cast). Most recent appearances include The Visit by John Kander, Fred Ebb & Terrance McNally at The Williamstown Theater Festival, the original production of Fun Home Public Theater (Lucille Lortell Award), Fosca in the much lauded CSC production of Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine's Passion directed by John Doyle (Drama League Award nomination) and the inaugural season of Encores! Off-Center in The Cradle Will Rock directed by Sam Gold. Other theater includes: Three Sisters adapted by Craig Lucas and directed by Bartlett Sher (Intiman),Passion (Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration); U.S. premiere of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles; Ricky Ian Gordon's Sycamore Trees (Helen Hayes Award/Signature Theater); Michael John LaChiusa's The Highest Yellow, Eli's Comin' (Vineyard Theatre/Obie Award); The Ballad of Little Jo (Steppenwolf Theatre Co./Jeff Award Nomination); As Thousand's Cheer (Drama Dept.); Tina Landau and Ricky Ian Gordon's Dream True (Vineyard Theatre); The Glass Menagerie(McCarter Theatre), Martin Guerre (Hartford Stage), and Martha Clarke's Endangered Species (BAM). In London's West End she starred in Metropolis (Olivier Award Nomination).

LEA SALONGA | Monday, April 3Known across the world for her powerful voice and
perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is a singer and actress best known for her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon. In addition to the Tony, she has won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, in the field of musical theatre. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les MisГrables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival. Lea has most recently appeared on Broadway reprising her role in the highly anticipated musical Allegiancewhich was inspired and developed by legendary actor George Takei. Allegiance tells the story of a Japanese American family forced into an internment camp during World War II. Lea garnered a Craig Noel nomination for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical for her performance in the 2012 Old Globe production of the play. Lea is a judge on the Philippines version of The Voice, which was a huge hit, following in its predecessor's footsteps. Mitoy Yonting, a member of Team Lea, was named the first season winner. She is currently filming the second season of The Voice Kids. For much of 2014, Lea performed with legendary popera quartet Il Divo, accompanying them in Asia, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and all through Eastern and Western Europe on their A Musical Affair tour, celebrating the band's 10th anniversary. She can be seen on their latest DVD and CD bearing the same name.

TRUST Cabaret SeriesThe TRUST Cabaret Series is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and provides a unique and intimate opportunity for audiences to experience the finest cabaret acts in the entertainment industry.  The series provides audiences with a rare opportunity to experience the finest cabaret artists and their outstanding musical accompanists at the intimate Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges the Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh for their generous support of the TRUST Cabaret Series, which is arranged in cooperation with rj productions.


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
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Publish Date: 07-14-2016 13:42:00
 




     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                   CONTACT:              George Hazimanolis
May 23, 2016                                                                                                                       412-622-1366
                                                                                                                                                ghaziman@wqed.org


WQED ANNOUNCES WINNER OF ITS PBS KIDS WRITERS CONTEST
Made Possible Locally by the EQT Foundation for the Past Seven Years
PITTSBURGH WQED announced the winners of its 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest (made possible locally by the EQT Foundation) during a celebration May 22 at WQED's Fred Rogers Studio.

Earlier this month, the public was invited to vote for the Kid's Public Choice Winner from 24 finalists selected from more than 1,000 entries received for this year's contest throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New Jersey. Over 3,800 votes were submitted online via the portal, a record number.




The 2016 Kid's Reader's Choice Winner is: Liam Pierce O'Sullivan for his story, CAT for President! with 1,087 votes.  Liam attends Southmoreland Elementary School in Scottdale,PA.

The finalists of the 2016 WQED Writers Contest are:

KINDERGARTEN
       First Place: Malkin Smith, East Liverpool, OH      
       Second Place: Ella McConville, Sarver, PA           
       Third Place: Colby Lynn Stritzinger, Gibsonia, PA

FIRST GRADE
       First Place: Connor Dickey, Pittsburgh   
       Second Place:  Brock McMullen, Greensburg, PA
       Third Place: Isabella Nickola, Venetia,, PA           
       Honorable Mention: Melanie Brown, Allison Park, PA
       Honorable Mention: Raya Merritt, Allison Park, PA        

SECOND GRADE
       First Place:  Colby Zimmer, McMurray, PA
       Second Place:  Liam Pierce O'Sullivan, Scottdale, PA
       Third Place: Maryam Kashif, Pittsburgh
       Honorable Mention: Maeve Kotula, Washington, PA

THIRD GRADE
       First Place:  Elly Strittmatter, Bridgeville, PA        
       Second Place:  Charlize Donaldson, Pittsburgh
       Third Place:  Ryan Watterson, Venetia, PA
       Honorable Mention: Caroline Higginbottom, Washington, PA

FOURTH GRADE
       First Place: Piper Stock, South Park, PA  
       Second Place: Alyssa Weber, Gibsonia, PA
       Third Place: Isabella Bolduc, Gibsonia, PA
       Honorable Mention: Caraline Hope Sommer, Jefferson Hills, PA

FIFTH GRADE
       First Place: Sarah White, Gibsonia, PA   
       Second Place: Lilly Nys, Pittsburgh
       Third Place: Claire Stevens, Pittsburgh
       Honorable Mention: Sadie Shelkey, Gibsonia, PA








Partnering with WQED on its Writers Contest this year were West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB), witf which serves Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, PBS 39 (WLVT) serving eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey and WPSU in State College, which serves central Pennsylvania. The winners' stories narrated by them will be broadcast on iQKidsRadio.org and featured on Saturday Light Brigade (SLB) Radio throughout summer 2016. The winning stories were also be made into an original puppet play which was performed at the May 22 Celebration by Pittsburgh Puppet Works.

All of the winners' stories are available to read and listen to via WQED's Writers Contest page at: www.writeonkids.org.

To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.

About WQED
WQED
 changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED Create; WQED WORLD; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqedfm.org; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED's Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).



About The EQT FoundationEQT and the EQT Foundation are committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. For the past decade, the EQT Foundation has made a difference by supporting local programs and initiatives that involve education, community and economic development, the arts, and the environment. Together with a variety of non-profit organizations, the EQT Foundation develops strong partnerships that enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts.

About West Virginia Public Broadcasting
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
 nurtures personal growth, promotes civic responsibility and inspires lifelong discovery through high-quality programming and services. West Virginia Public Radio, West Virginia PBS, wvpubcast.org and Ready To Learn are all services of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

All of the licenses for West Virginia Public Broadcasting are held by the West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, Kay Goodwin, Secretary.
About WITF
Based in Harrisburg, witf is a trusted, valued supplier of programs and services that both satisfy and stimulate curiosity for residents in every community in the central Pennsylvania region. witf broadcast services reach audiences in over 17 counties in central Pennsylvania. The company comprises public broadcasting stations witf TV, witf 89.5 & 93.3, the RadioPA Network , witf.org, witf Educational Services, Top Flight Media, Media Solutions and regional magazine Central PA (published by The Patriot-News in an association with witf). witf's mission is to strengthen our communities by connecting us to each other and to opportunities for lifelong learning. Its vision is engaging minds, enriching lives, uniquely.

About PBS 39
PBS39 
is a community-owned public television station licensed to Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, PA, serving eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. PBS39 is owned and operated by the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. PBS39 has the potential to reach 6 million people in our viewing area. PBS39 educates, inspires, informs and entertains while stimulating and disseminating the exchange of ideas for community enrichment.



About WPSU
WPSU Penn State is a collection of innovative writers, storytellers, teachers, producers, designers, and technicians ” using 21st century tools and media to bring information, education, and entertainment to our viewers, listeners, and larger communities throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.

About Saturday Light Brigade
SLB Radio Productions, Inc. (SLB)
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Dear Boy Kicks-Off Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh's Hot Metal Musicals Incubator in June

Pittsburgh, PA  June 14, 2016. On Monday, June 27, 2016, MTAP--Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh launches Hot Metal Musicals Incubator with Dear Boy, book and lyrics by Jeanne Drennan and music by David Berlin, to be presented as a reading at 7:00pm at the Pittsburgh CLO's Charles Gray Auditorium, 130 CLO Academy Way in downtown Pittsburgh.

Stephanie Riso, producer
Dear Boy has seen much development since its debut reading in 2010 under the guidance of producer Stephanie Riso while at Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT).  The piece has continued to grow and evolve, benefitting from workshops of act one and act two at the University of Pittsburgh and MTAP respectively. 

Librettist and lyricist Jeanne Drennan, who also serves as MTAP's Managing Director, commented on the direct impact that the Hot Metal Musicals Incubator will provide. 

Since that initial reading David and I have made huge changes to the work: to the music, to what parts of the story get pulled into the foreground, to the inherent theatricality and the comedy that goes along with it. But since 2010 we haven't had the opportunity to see the entire show presented as seamlessly as possible. So that, and the immediate audience response to the show, will tell us what more we need to do before the show is ready for production.

Jeanne Drennan (book/lyrics) comes to musical theatre naturally through her work as a 12 Dogs and Get out of Dodge, with the latter play to be produced this November at the Venice Theater in Venice, FL. Drennan has had plays produced or developed in a range of theatres from tiny places in New York to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Bay Area Playwrights Festival.
playwright, with seven fellowships from the PA Council on the Arts to her credit along with awards for her plays


David Berlin (composer) has collaborated extensively in dance-theater and multi-artist performances, and Dear Boy marks his first foray into musical theatre. Primarily a teacher and educator with orchestral compositions performed nationally and internally by such groups as the Philadelphia Classical Symphony Orchestra, the Renaissance City Woodwind Quintet, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Sterbrooke Ensemble at NYC's Carnegie Hall and Galapagos ArtSpace in Brooklyn, his experience collaborating with artists such as dancers and poets position him well for the extensive reworking involved in bringing a new musical to life.


About Dear Boy
Dear Boy presents the true story of parental love gone haywire in the 18th century.  The Earl of Chesterfield, a man who in the 1740s was in reality a significant political player in England, is remembered chiefly today for his many letters to his illegitimate son, Stanhope, a boy he sent off to be raised as a gentleman and scholar. As was the case through his letters, Chesterfield in Dear Boy seeks to control every detail of his son's life, from his education and training to his choice in love.  In fact, he knows nothing of his son's secret life as a husband to Eugenia and father to two children. This news, when it comes, leaves the family in jeopardy unless the earl can overcome a profound sense of betrayal.


About The Cast
The cast features Michael Marra as the Earl of Chesterfield, Stanley Graham as his son Stanhope, and Hilary Caldwell as Eugenia. Cyndi Plyler as Mrs. Gimlet leads an ensemble that includes Hope Anthony as Companion and Sara Fisher as Mlle. du Bouchet, plus Rob James, Ryan Patrick Kearney and Nick Mitchell.

Michael Marra (Chesterfield), a Butler resident, has performed on Broadway in Les Miserables - subsequently joining the 3rd national tour with the show. He also was in the first national tour of Jekyll & Hyde, and worked regionally with Pittsburgh CLO in The Producers. In addition to live industrials, theme park, and cruise ship work, Marra's credits include Off-Off Broadway appearances and regional roles with The Strand Theater, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Performing Arts Center, Harlequin Dinner Theatre, Weathervane Playhouse and Mountain Playhouse.

Stanley Graham (Stanhope) graduated from Point Park University Oklahoma!, Percy Brown in The Boyfriend and Joseph Surface in The School for Scandal. Regionally, Graham has performed twice with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, with the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, and recently played John Wilkes Booth in Assassins at Stage 62.
in 2015 with a B.F.A. in musical theatre. While at Point Park he played leading roles such as Curly in

Hilary Caldwell (Eugenia) appeared in MTAP's reading of new musical in development Kitty in November 2015. A graduate of Penn State, Caldwell performed with No Refund Theatre, Penn State Thespians and the Penn State School of Theatre. Recent Pittsburgh credits include: Pitti-Sing in The Mikado with Pittsburgh Savoyards, Hope Langdon inSomething's Afoot with South Park Theatre, and was the swing for A Grand Night for Singing with Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center and company member with the 2016 Pittsburgh CLO Gallery of Heroes touring show.

Hope Anthony (Companion) is a Point Park University Conservatory graduate. Recent stage credits include Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Georgia in The Exonerated, Vivian in A Lesson Before Dying, Alma in The Music Man, Bessie in The Civil War, A Dynamite in Hairspray, Gladys in Lunch Lady Cabaret, Lillith in Cult Classic at Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, and Tess in A Pirate's Tale on the Gateway Clipper Fleet.

Sara Ashley Fisher (Mlle. du Bouchet) is the Producing Artistic Director of 12 Peers Theater.  Sara was previously in the ensemble for the private reading of Dear Boy for MTAP.  Sara has performed with 12 Peers Theater, Unseam'd Shakespeare, Pittsburgh Playwright Theater, Prime Stage Theatre, Pittsburgh New Works Festival and The Theater Factory.  Up next, Sara will be performing in The Birds by Conor McPherson for 12 Peers Theater August 4-21 at the Pitt Studio Theatre in Oakland.
Rob James (ensemble) works for the Pittsburgh CLO Creative Vision Program. Some favorite roles have been Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q, Roger Debris in The Producers, Dave in The Full Monty, and most recently Sam Byck  in Assassins all at Stage 62 in Carnegie. Next adventure with Stephen Santa: Raph/Darth Cancer in Dani Girl at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Ryan Patrick Kearney (ensemble) was recently in the Saint Vincent's Summer Theater production of Route 66 in Latrobe and Off the Wall Theater's production of The Musical of Musicals (the Musical!) in Carnegie! Other theater credits and staged readings have been with The Pittsburgh CLO (Plaid TidingsThe Invention of Edison), Prime Stage (The Great GatsbyFahrenheit 451), South Park Theater (Forever Plaid,Nuncrackers), Stage 62 (TitanicEvita) and others.
Nick Mitchell (ensemble) originated roles in Cactus (12 Peers), The Next Galileo (Pittsburgh CLO Gallery of Heroes), and will again direct for Cup-a-Jo Productions at Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Since moving to the area nine years ago, Nick has been an active actor/director in the area. He was previously the Associate Artistic Director for The Company of Pittsburgh where he directed The Last 5 Years and [title of show]. He directs for South Park Theater, The Pittsburgh Savoyards, Stage 62, Mckeesport Little Theater, Mon River Arts, Americana Theater in Plymouth, Mass., and is resident director at Plum High School.
Cyndi Plyler (Mrs. Gimlet) has performed with many area theatres in the Cranberry Township area including An Amish Family Christmas. Roles include several runs as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Mrs. Johnston in Blood Brothers, Patsy Cline in AlwaysPatsy Cline, Maggie in The Shadow Box, and Jean in Good People.  Recently she has been seen at the Strand Theatre in Zelienople in their productions of Oliver (Mrs. Sowerberry), Eulalie Shin in The Music Man, A USO Christmas and Frosty Grinch & Friends.   
Comtra Theatre, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center and the Canadian tour of 
The Creative Team

The reading will be directed by Stephen Santa who previously directed the MTAP reading of Off With Her Maidenheadin 2013 which was the same year he was named one of the top directors in Pittsburgh by CBS Local On-line. Santa has staged over 30 productions in the Pittsburgh area and beyond including UNCHARTED: The Music of Anna K. Jacobs and a concert workshop of TEETH a New Musical both performed at Arts Nova Theatre, NYC.
Music-direction will be by Nick Stamatakis, who has music directed, composed and accompanied for collegiate, community and comedic theater organizations throughout the Pittsburgh area including: Arcade Comedy Theater, Throughline Theatre Company, Sewickley Area Theater Company, Alarum Theatre, Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh and UPStages/Pitt Reparatory Theatre.  Nick also serves as Music/Vocal Director for productions at Montour High School, and serves on the Executive Board of the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival (Aug 25-27).
This Incubator reading of Dear Boy will be produced by MTAP member Vince Ventura, Artistic Director of 12 Peers Theater, with stage management by Mia Rosenfeld. The 2016 Incubator readings are being presented with extensive cooperation and support from the Pittsburgh CLO.



About MTAP

MTAP--Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh--brings together a group of local and regional artists working in a wide range of musical theatre expression, from solo cabaret to full-length narrative musical theatre. The group exists not only to support the development of work members bring in, but also to be an incubator where new works of musical theatre come into being and are nurtured.

MTAP meets monthly between September and May for networking, collaborations, new work development and presentations of work in progress. We are seeking aspiring or established composers, lyricists, librettists, playwrights, performers, professionals, producers and anyone interested in new musical development. To receive regular emails from MTAP about meetings, special events, and opportunities, send an email to mtapgh@gmail.com.

Fact Sheet

Who:     MTAP Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh
What:    Hot Metal Musicals Incubator, Dear Boy book/lyrics by Jeanne Drennan, music by David Berlin
Where: Charles Gray Auditorium, CLO Academy, 130 CLO Academy Way 8th Floor, Pgh, PA 15222
When: Monday, June 27, 2016, 7pm
Cost:      Free and Open to the Public
Reservations encouraged: Event Page to RSVP is 
 https://www.artful.ly/store/events/9298
Details: The Incubator allows a public audience to become involved in the early stages of a new musical's long and often arduous journey toward full production. Featuring musical works in development by area artists. Visit mtap.weebly.com for more details on the specific presentations. 

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